Effects of anticipatory anxiety on attention control: an integrated psychophysiological approach

01 October 2013 → 30 September 2017
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Animal experimental and comparative psychology
    • Applied psychology
    • Biological and physiological psychology
    • Clinical and counseling psychology
    • Cognitive science and intelligent systems
    • Developmental psychology and ageing
    • Human experimental psychology
    • Other psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Neurosciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Neurosciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Nursing
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Neurosciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
psychophysiology Biological Psychology emotions ERP anxiety attention experimental psychopathology
Project description

Anxiety is a powerful motivational drive, with substantial impact on attention allocation strategies and processes. Both the scientific literature and the clinical practice suggest that different types of anxiety (e.g., social anxiety vs. specific phobias) might differentially influence attention. As a consequence, perception can be changed in different, and sometimes opposite, ways. In this project we investigate the effects of different types of anxiety on the brain mechanisms controlling attention and sensory processing.