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Emotional value of information and its relevance in the interpretation of homophones in anxiety

Russo, R and Patterson, N and Roberson, D and Stevenson, N and Upward, J (1996) 'Emotional value of information and its relevance in the interpretation of homophones in anxiety.' Cognition and Emotion, 10 (2). 213 - 220. ISSN 0269-9931

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Abstract

Two groups of subjects (high and low in trait anxiety) were tested in the spelling of homophones presented acoustically. Two types of homophones were used. One set could be spelled either in a neutral or in a target threatening version (e.g. dye, die), the other could be spelled either in a neutral or in a target emotional nonthreatening version (e.g. deer, dear). The high anxiety group showed equivalent level of bias, relative to controls, toward spelling the target versions of both threatening and emotional nonthreatening homophone types. The results suggested that information-processing bias in anxiety may be related to the emotional value of the information more than to its threatening content.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
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Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 10:51
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:39
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13023

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