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    Efficient attentional selection predicts distractor devaluation: event-related potential evidence for a direct link between attention and emotion

    Kiss, M. and Goolsby, B.A. and Raymond, J.E. and Shapiro, K.L. and Silvert, L. and Nobre, A.C. and Fragopanagos, N. and Taylor, J.G. and Eimer, Martin (2007) Efficient attentional selection predicts distractor devaluation: event-related potential evidence for a direct link between attention and emotion. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 19 (8), pp. 1316-1322. ISSN 0898-929X.

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    Abstract

    Links between attention and emotion were investigated by obtaining electrophysiological measures of attentional selectivity together with behavioral measures of affective evaluation. Participants were asked to rate faces that had just been presented as targets or distractors in a visual search task. Distractors were rated as less trustworthy than targets. To study the association between the efficiency of selective attention during visual search and subsequent emotional responses, the N2pc component was quantified as a function of evaluative judgments. Evaluation of distractor faces (but not target faces) covaried with selective attention. On trials where distractors were later judged negatively, the N2pc emerged earlier, demonstrating that attention was strongly biased toward target events, and distractors were effectively inhibited. When previous distractors were judged positively, the N2pc was delayed, indicating unfocused attention to the target and less distractor suppression. Variations in attentional selectivity across trials can predict subsequent emotional responses, strongly suggesting that attention is closely associated with subsequent affective evaluation.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 10:27
    Last Modified: 28 Nov 2019 06:22
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/30073

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