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Psychology

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2006

University of Central Florida

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The Effects Of Secondary Task Demandon The Assessment Of Threat, Harriss Ganey Jan 2006

The Effects Of Secondary Task Demandon The Assessment Of Threat, Harriss Ganey

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Threat perception is an important issue in today's world. As the line between hostile and non-hostile entities is blurred, it becomes more important for individuals to clearly distinguish between those who would present danger and those who would not. This series of experiments tested whether observers engaged in a dual-task paradigm perceived a greater amount of threat from target stimuli than they did when they were engaged in the threat task alone. The first experiment revealed that observers rated targets as more threatening when they were engaged in the additional task than when they only rated the targets themselves ...