Attentional bias to threat cues signalling aversive experiences can be adaptive or maladaptive depending on the controllability of the aversive experience. Optimal functioning requires attentional bias alignment: greater attentional bias to threats signalling more controllable aversive experiences, relative to threats signalling less controllable aversive experiences. This research programme tested the hypotheses that heightened trait anxiety is associated with impaired attentional bias alignment, and that executive functioning moderates this relationship. Across six experiments, support for both hypotheses was observed. These findings open up a novel line of research, with potentially applied implications for the amelioration of heightened trait anxiety.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||9 Jun 2021|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2020|