Attention and the processing of emotional words: dissociating effects of arousal.

@article{Aquino2007AttentionAT,
  title={Attention and the processing of emotional words: dissociating effects of arousal.},
  author={Jennifer M. Aquino and Karen Arnell},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  year={2007},
  volume={14 3},
  pages={
          430-5
        }
}
There is debate as to whether emotionally charged words receive preferential attentional processing in normal individuals. Using a digit-parity task, Harris and Pashler (2004) found that threat-related words captured attention on only the first trial, suggesting no attention capture for emotional words aside from an initial surprise reaction. We examined whether sexually explicit words would be more effective at capturing attention in a similar task. Our results with threat words replicated… CONTINUE READING
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