The effects of mood manipulation and trait anxiety on susceptibility to distraction

Edmund Keogh, Christopher C. French

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Citations (SciVal)


Eysenck (1992) argues that high trait-anxious subjects are more likely to show a general susceptibility to distraction in anxious mood states, especially if the distracting material resembles the task stimuli. Unfortunately there is little direct evidence that supports this view. The present experiment therefore attempted to test Eysenck's proposition by modifying a test of distractibility for letters on a letter-transformation task, as originally devised by Eysenck and Graydon (1989), to incorporate a mood manipulation. Although high trait-anxious subjects were found to be generally more impaired than controls by the mood manipulation, they did not display greater susceptibility to distraction from task-similar material. These results are discussed in relation to current theoretical models of anxiety and cognitive processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-149
Number of pages9
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'The effects of mood manipulation and trait anxiety on susceptibility to distraction'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this