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Emotional attention: A cognitive neuroscience perspective
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Attention is a cognitive mechanism that guides our perception in order to prioritize the limited resources to the most relevant information while ignoring distracting information. Attention can be voluntarily deployed to stimuli during tasks or goals, or the features of the stimulus can capture our attention either by being salient or being emotionally induced. Emotions affect multiple different cognitive processes such as attention because emotional stimuli can be relevant for defending or sustain life. This relationship between attention and emotion indicates that there should be interactive but distinct networks between these cognitive mechanisms as well as a modulative effect on perceptional and attentional systems. Emotions were in general demonstrating a facilitation affect on attentional and saccadic processes as well as broadening or narrowing the scope of attention. The reason behind emotions impact on attention was proposed to be for eliciting a change in the application of resources in order to solve the limited capacity problem and possibly to protect and sustain life. Inconsistent findings as well as limitations for emotional attention studies are discussed.

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2018. , p. 47
Keywords [en]
emotional attention, orienting attention, visual attention, emotions
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Neurosciences Evolutionary Biology Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16258OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-16258DiVA, id: diva2:1252009
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Cognitive Neuroscience
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Psychological Coach
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Available from: 2018-10-01 Created: 2018-09-28 Last updated: 2018-10-01Bibliographically approved

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