School of Psychological Science

Postgraduate Profiles


Matthew Herbert

Start date

Mar 2016

Submission date

Mar 2020

Matthew Herbert


Anxiety-linked attentional biases in high and low danger controllability contexts


It is well-established that high trait-anxious individuals demonstrate an attentional bias towards threatening stimuli over and above neutral or positive stimuli. My research is concerned with how attentional processes operate in contexts that provide differing degrees of controllability over danger that is signaled by a visual threat.

Why my research is important

Establishing a discrepancy between how much high and low trait-anxious individuals attend to threats signalling high or low degrees of controllability over danger can provide a vital understanding of how cognitive attention contributes to trait anxiety. Additionally, attention training tasks may be able to alter this discrepancy, and thus decrease levels of state and trait anxiety.


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