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Blinking our Attention Backwards: The Dual-Direction Emotional Blink of Attention

dc.contributor.advisorZald, David H.
dc.contributor.authorFuller, Jack
dc.description.abstractThe Emotional Blink of Attention paradigm reveals a significant relationship between emotion and attention. In the current study, we tested the effects of a forward and backward Emotional Blink of Attention (EBA) on participants’ ability to accurately report a target image in an RSVP stream. In both the forward and backward task, emotional images impaired detection of a target, with nude images being particularly debilitating. Nude images were also significantly more likely to break out of the EBA created by a target image presented 200 milliseconds beforehand than neutral or gory images were. Skin Conductance Recordings were recorded for the duration of the study to measure arousal level for each trial, but significant differences between categories were not found.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences. Under the Direction of Dr. David Zald.en_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subject.lcshEmotions and cognitionen_US
dc.subject.lcshShort-term memoryen_US
dc.subject.lcshDistraction (Psychology)en_US
dc.titleBlinking our Attention Backwards: The Dual-Direction Emotional Blink of Attentionen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychological Sciencesen_US

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