may have increased the likelihood of Stewart et al. obtaining significant interference effects for threat words.
High scores on the ASI apparently indicate risk for panic attacks and perhaps panic disorder. However, explicit and implicit beliefs about the harmfulness of bodily sensations associated with anxiety provide an incomplete account of how these beliefs influence on-line cognitive processing that presumably generates panic. That is, it is unclear whether AS beliefs affect attention (or acuity) to bodily cues, interpretation of their significance, or enhanced access to memories about harm that influence online interpretation. Therefore, future research should be directed toward further elucidating what cognitive biases are present in people with high AS who have not yet experienced panic attacks and what biases are correlates of the disorder.
Preparation of this chapter was supported, in part, by NIMH grant MH51927 awarded to the author.
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