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A study of fears using joystick control of visual images


People often say "face your fears". How can this be helpful when our natural instinct is to avoid scary objects?

This study will investigate whether people are in conflict over approaching versus avoiding something they are afraid of. In this study we will be focusing on fear of spiders.

We are looking both for people who have a fear of spiders and people who do not have a fear of spiders.

The study (one hour) involves completing some questionnaires about spider fears, and doing a task that involves viewing images on a computer screen, some of which will include pictures of spiders.

Participants will be reimbursed a fixed amount of expenses for their time.

Research ethics code: 14311

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If you would like to take part, please email