Publication year: 2011 Source: International Journal of Psychophysiology, Available online 19 October 2011 Jaime L. Tartar, Kristen de Almeida, Roger C. McIntosh, Monica Rosselli, Allan J. Nash Emotionally negative stimuli serve as a mechanism of biological preparedness to enhance attention. We hypothesized that emotionally negative stimuli would also serve as motivational priming to increase attention resources for subsequent stimuli. To that end, we tested 11 participants in a dual sensory modality task, wherein emotionally negative pictures were contrasted with emotionally neutral pictures and each picture was followed 600 ms later by a tone in an auditory oddball paradigm.
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Emotionally negative pictures increase attention to a subsequent auditory stimulus