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Background: Cognitive models propose that an attentional bias to negative information (ABNI) plays a key role in the aetiology and maintenance of high trait anxiety. The findings from previous research suggest that high autistic symptoms may attenuate anxiety-linked difference in ABNI. Method: This possibility was investigated by screening candidate participants (n = 871) on the Autism Spectrum Quotient and the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, and then recruiting four groups representing the combination of high/low autistic traits and high/low trait anxiety (n = 89), with participants completing a dot-probe task. Results: Results demonstrated a significant anxiety-linked difference in ABNI in participants high in autistic traits, but not in participants low in autistic traits. Conclusions: This pattern of findings stands in clear contradiction to the hypothesis that high levels of autistic traits attenuate anxiety-linked difference in ABNI.
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21/12/17 → 19/12/23