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Emotional conditioning to masked stimuli and modulation of visuospatial attention

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Two studies investigated the effects of conditioning to masked stimuli on visuospatial attention. During the conditioning phase, masked snakes and spiders were paired with a burst of white noise, or paired with an innocuous tone, in the conditioned stimulus (CS)+ and CS? conditions, respectively. Attentional allocation to the CSs was then assessed with a visual probe task, in which the CSs were presented unmasked (Experiment 1) or both unmasked and masked (Experiment 2), together with fear-irrelevant control stimuli (flowers and mushrooms). In Experiment 1, participants preferentially allocated attention to CS+ relative to control stimuli. Experiment 2 suggested that this attentional bias depended on the perceived aversiveness of the unconditioned stimulus and did not require conscious recognition of the CSs during both acquisition and expression.

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Beaver, John D., Bradley, Brendan P. and Mogg, Karin (2005) Emotional conditioning to masked stimuli and modulation of visuospatial attention Emotion, 5, (1), pp. 67-79. (doi:10.1037/1528-3542.5.1.67).

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Published date: March 2005

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Local EPrints ID: 40174
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40174
ISSN: 1528-3542
PURE UUID: 6d0feb12-a527-44f7-898a-52a04adf3e1b

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Date deposited: 30 Jun 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:35

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