Accession Number : ADP006955

Title :   Determinants of Selective Processing of Emotion Cues,

Corporate Author : OXFORD UNIV (UNITED KINGDOM)

Personal Author(s) : Martins, Maryanne ; Jones, Gregory V.

Report Date : 17 APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Are there systematic differences among people in the relation between their cognitive and emotional processes? An experiment is reported in which the effects of gender and of trait anxiety upon selective processing of threatening stimuli are investigated. Data from 111 participants in a computerised Stroop task are reported. The effects of gender and trait anxiety were found to interact with the nature of the task. For men, there was little difference between the processing of either threatening or positive stimuli by either high-anxiety or low-anxiety individuals. For women, on the other hand, reaction times were greater for threatening than for positive stimuli for high-anxiety individuals, but were greater for positive than for threatening stimuli for low-anxiety individuals. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Descriptors :   *COGNITION, *EMOTIONS, ANXIETY, PROCESSING, STIMULI.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE