Effects of Mood States and Anxiety as Induced by the Video-Recorded Stroop Color-Word Interference Test in Simple Response Time Tasks on Reaction Time and Movement Time

Abstract : Mood states and anxiety might alter performance in complex tasks whereas in more simple tasks such as stimulus-response, high anxiety could provoke bias in mechanisms of attention leading to better performances. We investigated the effects of anxiety, tension, and fatigue induced by the video-recorded Stroop Color-Word Interference Test on either reaction or movement time. 61 subjects performed a visual and an auditory response-time test in Control and Anxiogenic conditions during which heart rate was measured. Tension and anxiety states were assessed using self-evaluation. Analysis showed auditory response time was improved for both reaction and movement times in the Anxiogenic condition. These data suggest that the increased attention underlying anxiety and mood responses could have favored auditory response time by leading subjects to process stimuli more actively. In addition, state-anxiety and tension could have influenced muscular tension, enhancing the movement time in the auditory task.
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Jean-Philippe Hainaut, Benoît Bolmont. Effects of Mood States and Anxiety as Induced by the Video-Recorded Stroop Color-Word Interference Test in Simple Response Time Tasks on Reaction Time and Movement Time. Perceptual and Motor Skills, Ammons Scientific, 2005, 101 (3), pp.721-729. ⟨10.2466/pms.101.3.721-729⟩. ⟨hal-02012416⟩

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