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Threat Word Task

Caption: In the new study, Israeli soldiers’ threat biases were assessed via a computerized task in which they matched the locations of threat words or neutral words that briefly flashed on a computer screen. Faster reaction times for threat words indicated increased vigilance, or bias toward threat. For example, in the above example, the top word is “tomatoes” and the bottom word is “victims.”

Credit: Yair Bar-Haim, Ph.D., Tel Aviv University, School of Psychological Sciences

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