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    The perceived-threat behavioral approach test (PT-BAT): Measuring avoidance in high-, mid-, and low-spider-fearful participants


    Cochrane, Andy and Barnes-Holmes, Dermot and Barnes-Holmes, Yvonne (2008) The perceived-threat behavioral approach test (PT-BAT): Measuring avoidance in high-, mid-, and low-spider-fearful participants. The Psychological record, 58 (4). pp. 585-596. ISSN 0033-2933

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    Abstract

    One hundred twenty female participants, with varying levels of spider fear were asked to complete an automated 8-step perceived-threat behavioral approach test (PT-BAT). The steps involved asking the participants if they were willing to put their hand into a number of opaque jars with an incrementally increas - ing risk of contact with a spider (none of the jars actually contained a spider). There was a negative correlation between the number of steps completed and self-reported spider fear as measured with the Fear of Spiders Questionnaire (FSQ). Additionally, the task discriminated between high, mid, and low fear on 2 behavioral measures: (a) the number of steps completed and (b) reported will - ingness to return and repeat the task. The automated procedure provides a psychological challenge with a high level of experimental control.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: perceived-threat behavioral approach test; PT-BAT; Measuring avoidance; spider-fearful participants;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 4981
    Depositing User: Yvonne Barnes-Holmes
    Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 11:14
    Journal or Publication Title: The Psychological record
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
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