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Adult attachment and attentional inhibition of interpersonal stimuli

Marieke Dewitte (UGent)
(2011) COGNITION & EMOTION. 25(4). p.612-625
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In two studies, we used a negative affective priming task with pictures of angry (Study 1), sad (Study 2), and happy faces (Studies 1 and 2) to measure attentional inhibition of emotional stimuli as a function of attachment style. Results showed that attachment avoidance was associated with a stronger inhibition of both angry and sad faces. This indicates that the regulatory strategies of avoidant individuals involve inhibition of different types of negative, but not positive, stimuli. Attachment anxiety, on the other hand, showed no association with inhibitory responding to negative stimuli, although we did find indications of impaired inhibitory processing of happy faces in Study 1. The results are discussed in relation to current evidence on avoidant affect-regulation strategies.
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INFORMATION, PERSPECTIVE, EXPRESSIONS, MEMORY, INTERFERENCE, ACTIVATION, INTIMATE-RELATIONSHIPS, LATENT-VARIABLE ANALYSIS, PERCEPTION, MECHANISMS, Adult attachment, Inhibition, Avoidance, Emotion regulation, Negative priming

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Dewitte, Marieke. 2011. “Adult Attachment and Attentional Inhibition of Interpersonal Stimuli.” Cognition & Emotion 25 (4): 612–625.
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Dewitte, M. (2011). Adult attachment and attentional inhibition of interpersonal stimuli. COGNITION & EMOTION, 25(4), 612–625.
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Dewitte M. Adult attachment and attentional inhibition of interpersonal stimuli. COGNITION & EMOTION. 2011;25(4):612–25.
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Dewitte, Marieke. “Adult Attachment and Attentional Inhibition of Interpersonal Stimuli.” COGNITION & EMOTION 25.4 (2011): 612–625. Print.
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  abstract     = {In two studies, we used a negative affective priming task with pictures of angry (Study 1), sad (Study 2), and happy faces (Studies 1 and 2) to measure attentional inhibition of emotional stimuli as a function of attachment style. Results showed that attachment avoidance was associated with a stronger inhibition of both angry and sad faces. This indicates that the regulatory strategies of avoidant individuals involve inhibition of different types of negative, but not positive, stimuli. Attachment anxiety, on the other hand, showed no association with inhibitory responding to negative stimuli, although we did find indications of impaired inhibitory processing of happy faces in Study 1. The results are discussed in relation to current evidence on avoidant affect-regulation strategies.},
  articleno    = {PII 927615236},
  author       = {Dewitte, Marieke},
  issn         = {0269-9931},
  journal      = {COGNITION \& EMOTION},
  keyword      = {INFORMATION,PERSPECTIVE,EXPRESSIONS,MEMORY,INTERFERENCE,ACTIVATION,INTIMATE-RELATIONSHIPS,LATENT-VARIABLE ANALYSIS,PERCEPTION,MECHANISMS,Adult attachment,Inhibition,Avoidance,Emotion regulation,Negative priming},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {PII 927615236:612--PII 927615236:625},
  title        = {Adult attachment and attentional inhibition of interpersonal stimuli},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2010.508683},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2011},
}

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