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Temperament moderates the effect of the verbal threat information pathway on children's heart rate responses to novel animals

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posted on 2023-06-07, 18:51 authored by Andy FieldAndy Field, Khanya Price-Evans
Temperamental variables such as trait anxiety are risk factors in children for the development of anxiety disorders. This experiment aimed to test whether temperament moderates the effect of verbal threat information on the physiological component of the fear emotion. An experiment is reported in which 6-10 year old children's (N = 54) fear beliefs about novel animals were measured. They were then given threat, positive or no verbal information about these animals following which their heart rate was recorded while they placed their hands in boxes that they believed these animals inhabited. Children also completed a questionnaire measure of trait anxiety. Child-reported temperament moderated the effect that threat information has on the physiological component of the fear emotion. Fear information is, therefore, a possible mechanism through which temperament leads children to acquire animal fears.

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  • Published

Journal

Behaviour Research and Therapy

ISSN

0005-7967

Publisher

Elsevier

Issue

5

Volume

47

Page range

431-436

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  • Psychology Publications

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Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2012-02-06

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