Mechanisms for attentional modulation by threatening emotions of fear, anger, and disgust.

@article{Zhang2017MechanismsFA,
  title={Mechanisms for attentional modulation by threatening emotions of fear, anger, and disgust.},
  author={Dandan Zhang and Yunzhe Liu and Lili Wang and Hui Ai and Yue-Jia Luo},
  journal={Cognitive, affective & behavioral neuroscience},
  year={2017},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={
          198-210
        }
}
Appropriately attending to threatening environmental stimuli is evolutionarily adaptive and crucial for survival. This study revealed that nonconscious attentional modulation of disgust has different behavioral and event-related potential (ERP) patterns, as compared to fear and anger. To facilitate its evolutionary purpose of avoidance, disgust first diverts rather than attracts attention. Accordingly, the N1 was smaller in a validly than in an invalidly disgust-cued condition. Furthermore, the… CONTINUE READING

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