Surprising Threats Accelerate Evidence Accumulation for Conscious Perception

@article{McFadyen2019SurprisingTA,
  title={Surprising Threats Accelerate Evidence Accumulation for Conscious Perception},
  author={J. McFadyen and Cooper A. Smout and Naotsugu Tsuchiya and Jason B. Mattingley and Marta Isabel Garrido},
  journal={bioRxiv},
  year={2019}
}
Our survival depends on how well we can rapidly detect threats in our environment. To facilitate this, the brain is faster to bring threatening or rewarding visual stimuli into conscious awareness than neutral stimuli. Unexpected events may indicate a potential threat, and yet we tend to respond slower to unexpected than expected stimuli. It is unclear if or how these effects of emotion and expectation interact with one’s conscious experience. To investigate this, we presented neutral and… Expand
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