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|Title:||Attachment insecurity and strategies for regulation: when emotion triggers attention|
Esteves, F. G.
|Abstract:||Attachment-related strategies are thought to be critical for regulation and processing of emotional information. This study examined biases in selectiveattention to emotional stimuli as a function of insecure attachment. Participants searched for a single target image preceded by to-be-ignored distractersdepicting emotional images varying in valence and arousal. Results revealed that, in general, negative distracters affected accuracy levels, and that the anx-ious attached participants showed a clear interference of the emotional distracters. In contrast, the avoidant group evinced a higher control on such interfer-ence. In addition, arousal ratings to distracter images indicated superior emotional activation only for anxious attached participants. Consistent with theevolutionary-based attachment theory threat-related stimuli prompted priority attentional responses. Present findings are in line with evidence showing thedeployment of distinct strategies in insecurely attached individuals for the regulation of attention to emotional information.|
|Description:||WOS:000298949400002 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)|
|Publisher version:||The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9450.2011.00924|
|Appears in Collections:||CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica|
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