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Measuring Attentional Biases for Threat in Children and Adults

DOI :

10.3791/52190-v

8:25 min

October 19th, 2014

October 19th, 2014

14,852 Views

1Department of Psychology, Rutgers University

Here we describe a touch-screen visual search paradigm that can be used to study threat detection across the lifespan. The paradigm has already been used in various studies demonstrating that both children and adults detect threatening stimuli like snakes, spiders, and angry faces faster than non-threatening stimuli.

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