This research program empirically tested the validity of two candidate explanations, the Component Process Account and the State Anxiety Account, for inconsistency in the presence of trait anxiety-linked impairments in inhibitory attentional control. The former explanation contends that this inconsistency reflects trait anxiety-linked deficits in one of the component processes that underlie inhibitory attentional control. The latter explanation contends that this inconsistency reflects variation in the degree to which state anxiety is elevated when attention is assessed. Across four studies, the differing predictions generated by these alternative explanations were tested. Findings were consistent only with the State Anxiety Account.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||8 Mar 2021|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2021|