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CAN SELECTIVE ATTENTION FOR BODILY INFORMATION BE INDUCED BY FEAR?

  • Sabine Kroeze (a1) and Marcel A. van den Hout (a2)

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Selective attention for bodily sensations is often found in patients with panic disorder. Whether this may be the result of fear was investigated in a group of normal subjects. Subjects were made to fear an acceleration in their heartbeats or an increase in their muscle tension by threatening them with an electric shock should this occur. When subjects were under threat of these shocks, attention for ECG and EMG feedback was measured. Although the task seemed sensitive to the manipulation, no evidence was found for selective attention for fear-relevant information. Several shortcomings of the task are discussed.

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Reprint requests and requests for extended report to Sabine Kroeze, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, The Netherlands.

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CAN SELECTIVE ATTENTION FOR BODILY INFORMATION BE INDUCED BY FEAR?

  • Sabine Kroeze (a1) and Marcel A. van den Hout (a2)

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CAN SELECTIVE ATTENTION FOR BODILY INFORMATION BE INDUCED BY FEAR?

  • Sabine Kroeze (a1) and Marcel A. van den Hout (a2)
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