Attentional bias: a methodological review

Chew, Peter (2015) Attentional bias: a methodological review. Education Sciences and Psychology, 5 (37). pp. 14-29.

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Abstract

The high prevalence rate and associated costs of anxiety disorders have resulted in increasing research attention on the role of attentional bias in anxiety. Although seven literature reviews and meta-analyses are devoted to attentional bias, none of them consider the methodological aspects of the studies. This article reviews the literature to provide a methodological user guide for researchers. First, we describe common reaction time (RT) tasks and review the evidence for attentional bias. Second, we evaluate the methods of studying attentional bias and make recommendations to address the following limitations: the (a) seemingly poor psychometric properties of RT tasks, (b) inappropriate practice of dichotomizing continuous variables, (c) improper handling of RT distributions, and (d) use of the mean as a summary statistic

Item ID: 50938
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 1512-1801
Keywords: attentional bias, methodological review. emotional Stroop task, dot probe task
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Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 02:35
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17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention @ 34%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment @ 33%
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