Selective attention in dysphoric individuals

The role of affective interference and inhibition

Ian H. Gotlib, Dana Neubauer Yue, Jutta Joormann

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Abstract

The present study was designed to examine attentional functioning in dysphoric and nondysphoric individuals. A paradigm was used that permits an examination of processes involved in both affective interference and affective inhibition. While processing neutral stimuli, dysphoric participants exhibited both elevated interference and an inhibitory bias for negative, but not for positive, distractors. In contrast, nondysphoric participants did not demonstrate either interference for, or inhibition of, positive or negative distractors. Moreover, across all participants, level of interference was related to level of inhibition. Implications of these results for understanding the processing of emotional information in dysphoria and depression are discussed and directions for future research are advanced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-432
Number of pages16
JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005

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Keywords

  • Attention
  • Depression
  • Dysphoria
  • Information processing
  • Inhibition
  • Interference

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Selective attention in dysphoric individuals : The role of affective interference and inhibition. / Gotlib, Ian H.; Yue, Dana Neubauer; Joormann, Jutta.

In: Cognitive Therapy and Research, Vol. 29, No. 4, 01.08.2005, p. 417-432.

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Gotlib, Ian H. ; Yue, Dana Neubauer ; Joormann, Jutta. / Selective attention in dysphoric individuals : The role of affective interference and inhibition. In: Cognitive Therapy and Research. 2005 ; Vol. 29, No. 4. pp. 417-432.
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