Attentional and interpretative biases in appearance concern: An investigation of biases in appearance-related information processing
Rosser, B. A. , Moss, T. and Rumsey, N. (2010) Attentional and interpretative biases in appearance concern: An investigation of biases in appearance-related information processing. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 7 (3). pp. 251-254. ISSN 1740-1445
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2010.02.007
The present study examined associations between high levels of appearance concern and information processing biases in interpretation and attention. An opportunity sample (N = 79) categorised ambiguous stimuli as related or unrelated to appearance. Participants then responded to the same stimuli in a modified visual dot-probe task assessing attentional bias. Participant responses were assessed in relation to level of appearance concern. The results indicated a valence specific bias towards interpretation of ambiguous stimuli as negative and appearance-related in individuals with higher levels of concern. There was also evidence of attentional bias towards information perceived as appearance related in participants with higher levels of appearance concern. The study findings suggest that association between appearance-orientated information processing biases and level of appearance concern; this association may lead to mutually reinforcing bias and concern.
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