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Poster

Induced Anxiety Increases the Percieved Threat of Others

Emotional Ups and Downs - Board: EM-054
Saturday, May 23, 2009, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Yerba Buena 7

Jason Williams
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Anna J. Moore
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Elizabeth Bloomfield
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

After inducing anxiety through the Velton technique, individuals were exposed to five-second clips of individuals talking about neutrally valenced content. They were then asked to rate how threatening these individuals seemed to be. Perceived threat increased in the anxiety condition, compared to the neutral and relaxation conditions. These results go beyond previous mood-congruent effects, and demonstrate cross-emotion biases.

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