Affective states leak into movement execution: automatic avoidance of threatening stimuli in fear of spider is visible in reach trajectories.

@article{Buetti2012AffectiveSL,
  title={Affective states leak into movement execution: automatic avoidance of threatening stimuli in fear of spider is visible in reach trajectories.},
  author={Simona Buetti and Elsa Juan and Mike Rinck and Dirk Kerzel},
  journal={Cognition & emotion},
  year={2012},
  volume={26 7},
  pages={1176-88}
}
Approach-like actions are initiated faster with stimuli of positive valence. Conversely, avoidance-like actions are initiated faster with threatening stimuli of negative valence. We went beyond reaction time measures and investigated whether threatening stimuli also affect the way in which an action is carried out. Participants moved their hand either away from the picture of a spider (avoidance) or they moved their hand toward the picture of a spider (approach). We compared spider-fearful… CONTINUE READING