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Awareness of faces is modulated by their emotional meaning.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16637746     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A central question in perception is how stimuli are selected for access to awareness. This study investigated the impact of emotional meaning on detection of faces using the attention blink paradigm. Experiment 1 showed that fearful faces were detected more frequently than neutral faces, and Experiment 2 revealed preferential detection of fearful faces compared with happy faces. To rule out image artifacts as a cause for these results, Experiment 3 manipulated the emotional meaning of neutral faces through fear conditioning and showed a selective increase in detection of conditioned faces. These results extend previous reports of preferential detection of emotional words or schematic objects and suggest that fear conditioning can modulate detection of formerly neutral stimuli.
Maarten Milders; Arash Sahraie; Sarah Logan; Niamh Donnellon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emotion (Washington, D.C.)     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1528-3542     ISO Abbreviation:  Emotion     Publication Date:  2006 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-26     Completed Date:  2006-09-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101125678     Medline TA:  Emotion     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  10-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Vision Research Laboratories, School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Conditioning (Psychology)
Discrimination (Psychology)*
Facial Expression*
Sex Factors

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