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Thesis

Examining the Relationship Between Statistics Anxiety and Attentional Bias

23 July 2018

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between attentional bias towards threat in statistics anxiety. This was a replication of a study conducted by Chew, Swinbourne, and Dillon (2014). The 11 participants were 9 female and 2 male students from a graduate school located in the Pacific Northwest, who were either currently enrolled in, or finished their required statistics courses. Outcome measure evaluations were determined through results from individual emotional Stroop task, dot probe task, and Statistical Anxiety Rating Scale. There was a significant relationship found under the emotional Stroop task for the Fear of Asking for Help measure, which suggests that the High Anxiety group had a quicker reaction time as compared to the Low Anxiety group. The rest of the results yielded no significant differences between low and high statistics anxiety groups, indicating no relationship between attentional bias towards threat in statistics anxiety. Future directions for this study may include replication with a larger sample size, determination of state versus trait anxiety, and attentional bias training to minimize statistics anxiety.


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