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Worry : cognitive and autonomic processes
thesisposted on 2023-05-26, 19:11 authored by Low, Frances Anne
This review discusses some core features of worry and evaluates the relevant empirical studies. The discussion focuses on two features of worry: 1) the selective processing of threat-related cues as part of the profile of worriers; and 2) autonomic rigidity during worry. The selective processing of threat-cues has been investigated with a variety of attention and memory paradigms, with the attention paradigms yielding greater support. However, the conceptual difficulty of separating attentional activity from memory activity has presented problems with inferring specifically an attention or a memory bias to threat-related cues in worriers. Studies which have purported to demonstrate autonomic rigidity during worry contain individual methodological problems. It is concluded that a major issue that applied to many of these studies was the ecological validity of instructing subjects to worry on command in a laboratory environment. The major theoretical framework encompassing these features is also presented to explain the functional nature of worry.
Rights statementCopyright 1996 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s). Thesis (M.Psych.)--University of Tasmania, 1997. Includes bibliographical references