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Assessment of trypophobia and an analysis of its visual precipitation

Le, ATD and Cole, GG and Wilkins, AJ (2015) 'Assessment of trypophobia and an analysis of its visual precipitation.' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68 (11). 2304 - 2322. ISSN 1747-0218

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Abstract

© 2015 The Experimental Psychology Society. We developed and validated a symptom scale that can be used to identify “trypophobia”, in which individuals experience aversion induced by images of clusters of circular objects. The trypophobia questionnaire (TQ) was based on reports of various symptom types, but it nevertheless demonstrated a single construct, with high internal consistency and test–retest reliability. The TQ scores predicted discomfort from trypophobic images, but not neutral or unpleasant images, and did not correlate with anxiety. Using image filtering, we also reduced the excess energy at midrange spatial frequencies associated with both trypophobic and uncomfortable images. Relative to unfiltered trypophobic images, the discomfort from filtered images experienced by observers with high TQ scores was less than that experienced with control images and by observers with low TQ scores. Furthermore, we found that clusters of concave objects (holes) did not induce significantly more discomfort than clusters of convex objects (bumps), suggesting that trypophobia involves images with particular spectral profile rather than clusters of holes per se.

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: 24 Mar 2015 10:28
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 20:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13281

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