Trait Anxiety and Cognition

  • Michael W. Eysenck
  • Andrew Mathews
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


This chapter should be read in conjunction with the following chapter by Mathews and Eysenck. The emphasis differs in the two chapters, in that this chapter is concerned with trait anxiety in normals, whereas the chapter by Mathews and Eysenck deals with clinical anxiety. Despite this difference, there is much overlap between the two chapters. As will be discussed in the following, trait anxiety may well predispose to clinical anxiety. In addition, the cognitive differences between normals high and low in trait anxiety resemble those between patients with generalized anxiety and normal controls.


Trait Anxiety State Anxiety Cognitive System Threatening Stimulus Behavioral Inhibition System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael W. Eysenck
    • 1
  • Andrew Mathews
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonEngland
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySt. George’s Hospital Medical SchoolLondonEngland

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