Dot probe performance in two specific phobias
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
1999 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 407–410, November 1999
How to Cite
Wenzel, A. and Holt, C. S. (1999), Dot probe performance in two specific phobias. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 38: 407–410. doi: 10.1348/014466599163006
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Received 3 September 1998; revised version received 7 April 1999
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Objectives. The present study applied MacLeod, Mathews & Tata's (1986) dot probe attentional deployment methodology to individuals with specific phobias.
Design. Attentional deployment towards spider-related, blood-related, positive, negative, and neutral words was examined.
Method. Individuals with either spider phobia (N = 13) or blood/injury phobia (N = 14) and non-anxious controls (N = 14) completed the dot probe attentional deployment task.
Results. Individuals with specific phobias did not demonstrate an attentional bias towards phobia-related stimuli relevant to their particular fears.
Conclusion. Semantic-based information processing paradigms may not be sufficiently potent to demonstrate biased performance towards threatening stimuli in individuals with mild specific phobias who are otherwise healthy.