The Attentional Blink Paradigm in Individuals with High and Low Levels of Depression and Anxiety

Hannah Kathleen Skinner, Heather Ferguson
2014 Journal of European Psychology Students  
The attentional biases of individuals with high and low levels of depression and anxiety were tested using the Attentional Blink paradigm. A rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) task was used to detect biases in identification of emotionally valenced target images. The independent variables were depression, anxiety, lag of target stimulus, and emotional valence of target images. The dependent variables were accuracy, reaction times, and pupil dilation. As predicted, attentional biases were
more » ... ional biases were found for symptoms of both depression and anxiety, independently and co-morbidly, for dependent variables. The data suggest that there are both differences and similarities in the effects of symptoms of anxiety and depression on attentional biases around emotional stimuli.
doi:10.5334/ fatcat:oxofbcex4jbqhck3q6l432qv4i