Inconsistent attention: Explaining the inconsistent association between elevated trait anxiety and impaired inhibitory attentional control

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • MacLeod, Colin, Supervisor
  • Grafton, Ben, Supervisor
  • Clarke, Patrick, Supervisor
  • Chen, Nigel, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date8 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021

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