The effects of imminent minor surgery on the cognitive processing of health and interpersonal threat words

J A Cook, N Jones, D W Johnston, Derek Johnston

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Women in hospital for a laparoscopy and control subjects were examined on a version of the Stroop test in which the distracting effect of word content on speed of colour naming was examined. Both laparoscopy patients and controls were slowed by words related to interpersonal threat but only the laparoscopy patients were slowed by words that related to health threats. This suggests that a specific temporary threat can alter attentional biases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-2
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume28 ( Pt 3)
Publication statusPublished - 1989



  • Abdominal Pain
  • Adult
  • Arousal
  • Attention
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cognition
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Female
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Laparoscopy
  • Sterilization, Tubal

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