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Title: Attachment insecurity and strategies for regulation: when emotion triggers attention
Authors: Gonzalez, C.
Soares, I.
Esteves, F. G.
Keywords: Insecure attachment
Hyperactivation
Deactivation
Attentional bias
Emotion
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
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)
Peer reviewed: Sim
URI: https://ciencia.iscte-iul.pt/public/pub/id/3004
http://hdl.handle.net/10071/10085
ISSN: 0036-5564
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9450.2011.00924
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