Change in affective state assessed by impaired colour-naming of threat-related words

MW Green, PJ Rogers, NA Elliman

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Abstract

This study investigated the effects of mood induction on Stroop color-naming times for threat-related words. The subjects' task was to color-name sets of threat-related words and affectively neutral matched control words both before and after mood-induction. Subjects were shown a short film about the medical effects of nuclear war (negative affect manipulation), a humorous cartoon, or no film. A significant and highly reliable color-naming decrement of the threat-related words was observed only after the negative affect manipulation. This indicates that the attentional bias towards the processing of threat-related material observed in clinically anxious or high Trait-Anxious subjects can be induced in initially nonanxious subjects. An incidental recall task included in the procedure provided no evidence of mood state dependent recall.
Translated title of the contributionChange in affective state assessed by impaired colour-naming of threat-related words
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222 - 232
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Psychology
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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