Anxiety and Attention

  • J. F. Orlebeke
  • R. J. M. Somsen
  • M. W. van der Molen


One of the central issues in psychophysiology with regard to anxiety is the effect of anxiety on attentional processes. Both unvoluntary attention, manifesting itself in the orienting reflex (OR) and its habituation, as well as voluntary attention, occurring e.g. during anticipation of task relevant or noxious stimuli, will be considered in this paper.


Skin Conductance Heart Rate Response Aversive Stimulus Irrelevant Stimulus Orient Reflex 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. F. Orlebeke
    • 1
  • R. J. M. Somsen
    • 1
  • M. W. van der Molen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Experimental PsychologyFree UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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