Examination of emotional priming among children and young adolescents: Developmental issues and its association with anxiety

Spence, S. H., Lipp, O. V., Liberman, L. and March, S. (2006) Examination of emotional priming among children and young adolescents: Developmental issues and its association with anxiety. Australian Journal of Psychology, 58 2: 101-110. doi:10.1080/00049530600730468


Author Spence, S. H.
Lipp, O. V.
Liberman, L.
March, S.
Title Examination of emotional priming among children and young adolescents: Developmental issues and its association with anxiety
Journal name Australian Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9530
Publication date 2006-01-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00049530600730468
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 58
Issue 2
Start page 101
End page 110
Total pages 10
Editor M. Innes
Place of publication Carlton
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Language eng
Subject C1
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract An affective priming task was used to examine bias in the processing of threat-related material in 25 clinically anxious compared to 25 matched, non-anxious control children and young adolescents. No significant differences were found between anxious and non-anxious children in terms of priming effects. However, age-related differences were found depending upon the valence of the target, independent of anxiety status. Both younger (7-10 years) and older (11-14 years) children showed faster response times to pleasant targets when they were preceded by a congruent compared to incongruent stimulus, consistent with a traditional priming effect. For threat target stimuli, older children showed no difference in response latency according to the congruency of the prime-target valence. Younger children, in contrast, showed a reverse priming effect for threat target stimuli, with slower response times for threat-congruent trials than for threat targets preceded by a pleasant prime. Possible explanations for developmental differences in the processing of threat-related material are discussed.
Keyword Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Automatic Activation
Semantic Activation
Bias
Disorder
Pictures
Stimuli
Words
Mechanisms
Attention
Phobia
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

 
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