Childhood anxiety and attention to emotion faces in a modified stroop task

Hadwin, Julie A.; Donnelly, Nick; Richards, Anne; French, Christopher C. and Patel, Umang. 2009. Childhood anxiety and attention to emotion faces in a modified stroop task. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 27(2), pp. 487-494. ISSN 0261510X [Article]

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This study used an emotional face stroop task to investigate the effects of self-report trait anxiety, social concern and chronological age on reaction time to match coloured outlines of angry, happy and neutral faces (and control faces with scrambled features) with coloured buttons in a community sample of 74 children aged six to twelve years. The results showed an interference of colour matching for angry (relative to neutral) faces in children with elevated social concern. The same effect was not found for happy or control faces. In addition, the results suggest that selective attention to angry faces in children with social concern was not significantly moderated by age.

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Childhood anxiety, social concern, inhibition, angry faces

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June 2009Published

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12 Nov 2010 11:01

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