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Anger and the speed of full-body approach and avoidance reactions.

Mayan I, Meiran N - Front Psychol (2011)

Bottom Line: The notion that anger is linked to approach motivation received support from behavioral studies, which measured various motor responses to angering stimuli.However, none of these studies examined full-body motions which characterize many if not most everyday instances of anger.The authors incorporate a novel behavioral motor task that tests motivational direction by measuring the reaction times (RTs) of stepping forward and backward in response to the words "toward" and "away." The results show that, relative to anxiety and control conditions, anger induction resulted in a steeper approach-avoidance RT gradient which was shifted in favor of approach.

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Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Beer-Sheva, Israel.

ABSTRACT
The notion that anger is linked to approach motivation received support from behavioral studies, which measured various motor responses to angering stimuli. However, none of these studies examined full-body motions which characterize many if not most everyday instances of anger. The authors incorporate a novel behavioral motor task that tests motivational direction by measuring the reaction times (RTs) of stepping forward and backward in response to the words "toward" and "away." The results show that, relative to anxiety and control conditions, anger induction resulted in a steeper approach-avoidance RT gradient which was shifted in favor of approach.

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The Dance Dance Revolution Mat (http://www.iddr.co.il) used for reaction time measurement.
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Figure 1: The Dance Dance Revolution Mat (http://www.iddr.co.il) used for reaction time measurement.

Mentions: In order to assess the forward and backward RTs, participants were placed on an electronic dance mat (iDDR – “Israeli Dance Dance Revolution”©, http://www.iddr.co.il, see Figure 1). The mat was 80 cm × 80 cm. The participants stood on the center square and the distance from this square to the up and down keys which were used was 28 cm. The dance mat emulates the arrow key presses which were recorded by the desktop computer that was attached to it and to a 17′ monitor.


Anger and the speed of full-body approach and avoidance reactions.

Mayan I, Meiran N - Front Psychol (2011)

The Dance Dance Revolution Mat (http://www.iddr.co.il) used for reaction time measurement.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: The Dance Dance Revolution Mat (http://www.iddr.co.il) used for reaction time measurement.
Mentions: In order to assess the forward and backward RTs, participants were placed on an electronic dance mat (iDDR – “Israeli Dance Dance Revolution”©, http://www.iddr.co.il, see Figure 1). The mat was 80 cm × 80 cm. The participants stood on the center square and the distance from this square to the up and down keys which were used was 28 cm. The dance mat emulates the arrow key presses which were recorded by the desktop computer that was attached to it and to a 17′ monitor.

Bottom Line: The notion that anger is linked to approach motivation received support from behavioral studies, which measured various motor responses to angering stimuli.However, none of these studies examined full-body motions which characterize many if not most everyday instances of anger.The authors incorporate a novel behavioral motor task that tests motivational direction by measuring the reaction times (RTs) of stepping forward and backward in response to the words "toward" and "away." The results show that, relative to anxiety and control conditions, anger induction resulted in a steeper approach-avoidance RT gradient which was shifted in favor of approach.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Beer-Sheva, Israel.

ABSTRACT
The notion that anger is linked to approach motivation received support from behavioral studies, which measured various motor responses to angering stimuli. However, none of these studies examined full-body motions which characterize many if not most everyday instances of anger. The authors incorporate a novel behavioral motor task that tests motivational direction by measuring the reaction times (RTs) of stepping forward and backward in response to the words "toward" and "away." The results show that, relative to anxiety and control conditions, anger induction resulted in a steeper approach-avoidance RT gradient which was shifted in favor of approach.

No MeSH data available.