Goal-directed behavior under emotional distraction is preserved by enhanced task-specific activation.

@article{Wessa2013GoaldirectedBU,
  title={Goal-directed behavior under emotional distraction is preserved by enhanced task-specific activation.},
  author={Mich{\`e}le Wessa and Janine Heissler and Sandra Sch{\"o}nfelder and Philipp Kanske},
  journal={Social cognitive and affective neuroscience},
  year={2013},
  volume={8 3},
  pages={305-12}
}
Despite the distracting effects of emotional stimuli on concurrent task performance, humans are able to uphold goal-directed behavior. Here, we investigated the hypothesis that this effect is due to the enhanced recruitment of task-specific neural resources. In a two-step functional magnetic resonance imaging study, we first localized those areas involved in mental arithmetics by contrasting arithmetic problems with a number detection task. The resulting activation maps were then used as masks… CONTINUE READING
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