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Selectively Myopic? Self-Esteem and Attentional Bias in Response to Potential Relationship Threats

Lamarche, VM and Murray, SL (2014) 'Selectively Myopic? Self-Esteem and Attentional Bias in Response to Potential Relationship Threats.' Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5 (7). 786 - 795. ISSN 1948-5514

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Abstract

Two experiments examined how low and high self-esteem people regulate attention in the face of uncertainty about their partner’s caring. We primed risk regulation processes by leading experimental participants to believe their partner’s caring and responsiveness was in question. We then assessed directed attention to the partner’s positive and negative qualities using a dot-probe paradigm. High, but not low, automatically directed attention away from their partner’s negative traits in response to uncertainty.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: romantic relationships, relationship cognition, self-esteem, directed attention, risk regulation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 14:08
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20584

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