Effect of emotional valenced words on sex differences in stress and anxiety with age

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Satish Nair, Tanesha Nair
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of the current study was to examine the impact of emotional valenced words, that is, positive and negative words in relation to sex differences in performance on stress and anxiety scores and response time to the valenced words whilst employing the Emotional Stroop Task. The study included 40 participants with 10 male participants and 30 female participants with an age range of 19-58 years old. The experimental procedure involved participants selecting the colour tab on the keyboard to the corresponding coloured emotional word displayed on the computer. A questionnaire pertaining to stress and anxiety was provided prior and post experimental procedure. The results of the study indicated that there was a statistical difference between sex differences in performance on stress scores and response time to negative valenced words. It was concluded that there may be evidence of attentional bias and automatic vigilance.