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    Using temporal order judgments to investigate attention bias toward pain and threat-related information. Methodological and theoretical issues

    Filbrich, L. and Torta, D.M. and Vanderclausen, C. and Azanon Gracia, Elena and Legrain, V. (2016) Using temporal order judgments to investigate attention bias toward pain and threat-related information. Methodological and theoretical issues. Consciousness and Cognition 41 , pp. 135-138. ISSN 1053-8100.

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    Abstract

    Recently, Vanden Bulcke, Crombez, Durnez, and Van Damme (2015) investigated whether the attentional prioritization of a specific location due to the anticipation of pain is modality specific or multisensory. They used a temporal order judgment task in which participants judged the order of either two tactile or two visual stimuli, one presented on each hand. Additionally, participants either expected the occurrence of a painful stimulus on one hand or the absence of any pain. Results showed that participants’ judgments were biased to the advantage of the stimuli, tactile or visual, presented at the location where pain was expected. The authors concluded that the anticipation of pain leads to a multisensory prioritization of information presented at the threatened spatial location. Here, we would like to question their conclusion in terms of a genuine attentional modulation of multisensory nature, based on methodological and theoretical grounds.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Pain, Nociception, Attention; Space; Temporal order judgement
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 11:52
    Last Modified: 01 Mar 2016 11:52
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14524

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