Visual attention: Delayed disengagement of phobic-related stimuli presented in a flicker task
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The flicker task, a change detection paradigm, has been used to present phobic-related stimuli to snake-tolerant and snake-fearful participants. The current experiment arranged a stimulus set into three blocks of image-pairs (neutral, snake, and neutral) in an effort to demonstrate slowed disengagement in the third block. The hypothesis was not supported; however, the change detection may still be a viable method for measuring visual attention biases among snake fearful persons.