Title
Mood-congruent attentional bias in dysphoria : maintained attention to and impaired disengagement from negative information. Mood-congruent attentional bias in dysphoria : maintained attention to and impaired disengagement from negative information.
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Washington, D.C. ,
Subject
Psychology
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Emotion. - Washington, D.C., 2001, currens
Volume/pages
5(2005) :4 , p. 446-455
ISSN
1528-3542
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Attentional bias to negative information has been proposed to be a cognitive vulnerability factor for the development of depression. In 2 experiments, the authors examined mood-congruent attentional bias in dysphoria. In both experiments, dysphoric and nondysphoric participants performed an attentional task with negative, positive, and neutral word cues preceding a target. Targets appeared either at the same or at the opposite location of the cue. Overall, results indicate that dysphoric participants show maintained attention for negative words at longer stimulus presentations, which is probably caused by impaired attentional disengagement from negative words. Furthermore, nondysphoric participants maintain their attention more strongly to positive words. These results are discussed in relation to recent developments in the pathogenesis and treatment of depression.