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Depression-related attentional bias: the influence of symptom severity and symptom specificity

Saskia Baert (UGent) , Rudi De Raedt (UGent) and Ernst Koster (UGent)
(2010) COGNITION & EMOTION. 24(6). p.1044-1052
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Attentional bias to negative information has been considered as a vulnerability factor for depression, enhancing susceptibility and maintenance of this disorder. Biased attention has been studied in clinically as well as subclinically depressed samples. The present study examined the relationship between attentional bias, symptom severity, and specific components of depression (cognitive, affective, and somatic). We compared attentional bias, measured with a modified spatial cueing task, for positive and negative words presented for 1500 ms across three groups of individuals: (1) a group of healthy controls; (2) individuals with mild symptoms; and (3) individuals with moderate to severe depressive symptoms. Maintained attention to negative information was found in individuals with higher symptom severity and was specifically associated with the cognitive symptoms of depression.
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EMOTIONAL DISORDERS, ANXIETY, NEGATIVE INFORMATION, COGNITIVE VULNERABILITY, TRIPARTITE MODEL, MOOD, DYSPHORIA, FACES, DISENGAGEMENT

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Baert, Saskia, Rudi De Raedt, and Ernst Koster. 2010. “Depression-related Attentional Bias: The Influence of Symptom Severity and Symptom Specificity.” Cognition & Emotion 24 (6): 1044–1052.
APA
Baert, Saskia, De Raedt, R., & Koster, E. (2010). Depression-related attentional bias: the influence of symptom severity and symptom specificity. COGNITION & EMOTION, 24(6), 1044–1052.
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Baert S, De Raedt R, Koster E. Depression-related attentional bias: the influence of symptom severity and symptom specificity. COGNITION & EMOTION. 2010;24(6):1044–52.
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Baert, Saskia, Rudi De Raedt, and Ernst Koster. “Depression-related Attentional Bias: The Influence of Symptom Severity and Symptom Specificity.” COGNITION & EMOTION 24.6 (2010): 1044–1052. Print.
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  abstract     = {Attentional bias to negative information has been considered as a vulnerability factor for depression, enhancing susceptibility and maintenance of this disorder. Biased attention has been studied in clinically as well as subclinically depressed samples. The present study examined the relationship between attentional bias, symptom severity, and specific components of depression (cognitive, affective, and somatic). We compared attentional bias, measured with a modified spatial cueing task, for positive and negative words presented for 1500 ms across three groups of individuals: (1) a group of healthy controls; (2) individuals with mild symptoms; and (3) individuals with moderate to severe depressive symptoms. Maintained attention to negative information was found in individuals with higher symptom severity and was specifically associated with the cognitive symptoms of depression.},
  author       = {Baert, Saskia and De Raedt, Rudi and Koster, Ernst},
  issn         = {0269-9931},
  journal      = {COGNITION & EMOTION},
  keywords     = {EMOTIONAL DISORDERS,ANXIETY,NEGATIVE INFORMATION,COGNITIVE VULNERABILITY,TRIPARTITE MODEL,MOOD,DYSPHORIA,FACES,DISENGAGEMENT},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {1044--1052},
  title        = {Depression-related attentional bias: the influence of symptom severity and symptom specificity},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02699930903043461},
  volume       = {24},
  year         = {2010},
}

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