Search for a threatening target triggers limbic guidance of spatial attention.

@article{Mohanty2009SearchFA,
  title={Search for a threatening target triggers limbic guidance of spatial attention.},
  author={Aprajita Mohanty and Tobias Egner and Jim M. Monti and Marsel M. Mesulam},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2009},
  volume={29 34},
  pages={
          10563-72
        }
}
The ability to actively locate potential threats in our environment is highly adaptive. To investigate mediating neural mechanisms, we designed a visual search task in which central cues signaled future location and emotional expression (angry or neutral) of a target face. Cues predicting angry targets accelerated subsequent attention shifts, indicating that endogenous signals predicting threatening events can prime the spatial attention network. Functional imaging showed that spatially… CONTINUE READING

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