Attentional interference effects of emotional pictures: threat, negativity, or arousal?

  title={Attentional interference effects of emotional pictures: threat, negativity, or arousal?},
  author={Ulrich Schimmack and Douglas Derryberry},
  volume={5 1},
Attentional interference arising from emotional pictures was examined. Participants had to ignore emotional pictures while solving math problems (Study 1, N = 126) or detecting the location of a line (Study 2, N = 60). Data analyses tested predictions of 3 theories. Evolutionary threat theory predicts interference by snake pictures. Categorical negativity theory predicts interference by negative pictures regardless of their intensity. According to arousal theory, arousal level predicts… CONTINUE READING
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