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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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Anxiety mood checks as a function of mood check number and group. Error bars represent confidence intervals based on the MSE of the interaction.
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Anger and the speed of full-body approach and avoidance reactions.

Mayan I, Meiran N - Front Psychol (2011)

Anxiety mood checks as a function of mood check number and group. Error bars represent confidence intervals based on the MSE of the interaction.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 3: Anxiety mood checks as a function of mood check number and group. Error bars represent confidence intervals based on the MSE of the interaction.
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.