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Attentional Effects of Processing Emotional Faces Using Continuous Flash Suppression

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dc.contributor.advisor Zald, David H.
dc.contributor.author Krellenstein, Nicole J.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-08T13:19:49Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-08T13:19:49Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/2956
dc.description This thesis examines several dynamics of conducting a spatial cueing experiment using the novel paradigm Continuous Flash Suppression. The progression of 4 experiments aims to explore how task type, stimuli content, spatial configuration, and temporal parameters affect a traditional spatial cueing effect when invisible emotional faces are presented as valid or invalid cues. en
dc.description.abstract Controversy exists concerning whether emotionally valenced information facilitates or inhibits orientation of spatial attention when presented without observers' awareness. Following prior work by Jiang et al., (2006) suggesting that unconsciously presented erotic cues directed spatial attention, we investigated the attentional effects of unconsciously presented emotionally valenced cues. Using a continuous flash suppression (CFS) paradigm, invisible emotional faces were presented as valid or invalid cues to the location of a grating stimulus. In contrast to prediction, reaction time and accuracy to the target stimuli were unaffected by the validity and valence of emotional faces, though some evidence was found for unique processing of fearful faces. These results may suggest that valenced stimuli presented under CFS are unable to influence spatial attention. en
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en
dc.subject Emotion, faces, awareness, attention en
dc.subject.lcsh Emotions en
dc.subject.lcsh Attention en
dc.subject.lcsh Human information processing en
dc.subject.lcsh Face perception -- Testing en
dc.title Attentional Effects of Processing Emotional Faces Using Continuous Flash Suppression en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.college Arts and Science en
dc.description.department Psychology en


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