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Old 10-30-2014, 02:30 PM   #1
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Read this Wired article about spider phobia and Dr Who fans. Sometimes fear distracts you....sometimes it is the Dr.

Doctor Who and Spider Phobia | WIRED

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The researchers suggest that attention biases are markers of things that we are interested in, not remnants of our evolutionary history. The more relevant a stimulus is to us, the more likely we are to notice something. The person afraid of spiders will always be the first one to spot a spider in the room; a person interested Doctor Who will notice a blue police box in their neighborhood right away
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The Tenth Doctor is, indeed, quite distracting.
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Old 11-07-2014, 02:06 PM   #2
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Would liking spiders distract one during the sessions as much as fear of spiders.

Is there a Dr. Who phobia?
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I like spiders, and I tend to spot them when other people don't, so I think you are onto something, Gloria. Attention bias can go both ways!
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