The Relationship of Threat Bias to Aggression and Anxiety
The ability to detect or anticipate threats in the environment is a critically important skill not only for survival but for effective social functioning in human society. Individuals who routinely misinterpret or fail to notice salient interpersonal cues are at heightened risk for inaccurately assuming or anticipating that others mean them harm, and are vulnerable to responding with inappropriate or aggressive behavior (Tone & Davis, 2012). According to information processing models, both anxious and aggressive individuals perceive their environments with a selective attentional bias toward threat. However, it is unclear how an attentional threat bias contributes to increased aggression and anxiety.
Viqar, Fawad, "The Relationship of Threat Bias to Aggression and Anxiety" (2013). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI13853156.