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Attentional bias towards fatigue and vitality words : a difference between people low or high in fatigue

Pieterson, R. (2016) Attentional bias towards fatigue and vitality words : a difference between people low or high in fatigue.

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Abstract:Fatigue has a high prevalence and can have a great impact on someone's life. Until now most research on fatigue used questionnaires. A combination of explicit and implicit measures in order to measure fatigue more precisely could give additional information. The focus of this research was to find out if people who score higher on an explicit fatigue scale show an attentional bias for fatigue related stimuli relative to neutral stimuli on an implicit test in comparison with people who score lower on an explicit fatigue scale. There was made use of a dot-probe task to measure reaction times. There was a moderate positive correlation found between the bias index (BI) and CIS. When testing for a difference between fatigue and vitality words there was found that the results could be more stable when only tested with fatigue words. With an implicit test next to an explicit test it could be easier to test for fatigue. People who score high on an explicit test and high on an implicit test could benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy while people who only have a high score on the explicit test might need a different treatment to decrease the amount of fatigue they experience.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Unknown organization, Nederland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70030
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