Prof. Michael W. Eysenck
Roehampton University, UK
Theoretical approaches to understanding trait anxiety
One major theoretical approach emphasizes the importance of genetic factors and the ways in which such factors impact on physiological functioning. Within this approach, individual differences in the functioning of the cognitive system have sometimes been regarded as epiphenomenal. Such an approach can be contrasted with a more cognitive theoretical approach in which there are important bidirectional influences of cognitive and physiological processes on each other. It is argued that the latter approach is superior to the former.
The accompanying Invited Symposium will be organized and chaired by Prof. Shulamith Kreitler, Tel-Aviv University, Israel and Prof. Małgorzata Fajkowska, Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland