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Selective Control of Attention to Emotionally Salient Stimuli

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dc.contributor.author Hudson, Amanda
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-20T17:12:36Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-20T17:12:36Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/13087
dc.description.abstract Selective attention may be an effective strategy for regulating emotions. The current study measured selective attention to emotional pictures in healthy adults using a novel computerized task. Participants saw pictorial cues on the right or left of the screen, followed by target words on the same or opposite side. Participants were divided into two groups. The suppress group had to avoid looking at pictures (cues), whereas the attend group had to look at them. Both groups categorized targets as indoor or outdoor words. Subsequent cue/target recognition tests were administered. Performance on both tasks was assessed by picture valence, revealing reduced inhibitory control to negative picture and difficulties reorienting to negatively cued locations. These findings contribute to our understanding of affective-attentional interactions in healthy adults. Moreover, the apparent inability to avoid looking at negative items may highlight a need to explore other emotion regulation techniques. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Emotion Regulation, Attention Control, Orienting, Affective-cognitive Interactions, Affective-attentional Interactions en_US
dc.title Selective Control of Attention to Emotionally Salient Stimuli en_US
dc.date.defence 2010-08-18
dc.contributor.department Department of Psychology en_US
dc.contributor.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.contributor.external-examiner n/a en_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinator Dr. Tracy Taylor-Helmick en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. Tracy Taylor-Helmick. Dr. Shannon Johnson en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisor Dr. Sophie Jacques en_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approval Received en_US
dc.contributor.manuscripts No en_US
dc.contributor.copyright-release No en_US

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