Threat Word Task (image) NIH/National Institute of Mental Health 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 Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.