Emotion triggers executive attention: anterior cingulate cortex and amygdala responses to emotional words in a conflict task.

@article{Kanske2011EmotionTE,
  title={Emotion triggers executive attention: anterior cingulate cortex and amygdala responses to emotional words in a conflict task.},
  author={Philipp Kanske and Sonja A. Kotz},
  journal={Human brain mapping},
  year={2011},
  volume={32 2},
  pages={198-208}
}
Coherent behavior depends on attentional control that detects and resolves conflict between opposing actions. The current functional magnetic resonance imaging study tested the hypothesis that emotion triggers attentional control to speed up conflict processing in particularly salient situations. Therefore, we presented emotionally negative and neutral words in a version of the flanker task. In response to conflict, we found activation of the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and of the… CONTINUE READING
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