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ERIC Number: EJ886266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
And along Came a Spider: An Attentional Bias for the Detection of Spiders in Young Children and Adults
LoBue, Vanessa
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v107 n1 p59-66 Sep 2010
Spiders are among the most common targets of fears and phobias in the world. In visual search tasks, adults detect their presence more rapidly than other kinds of stimuli. Reported here is an investigation of whether young children share this attentional bias for the detection of spiders. In a series of experiments, preschoolers and adults were asked to find the single spider picture among an array of eight mushrooms or cockroaches or the reverse. Both children and adults detected the presence of spiders more rapidly than both categories of distracter stimuli. Furthermore, there was no difference between the detection of two neutral stimuli (cockroaches vs. mushrooms). These results provide the first evidence of enhanced visual detection of spiders in young children. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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