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Attentional Effects of Processing Emotional Faces Using Continuous Flash Suppression

dc.contributor.advisorZald, David H.
dc.contributor.authorKrellenstein, Nicole J.
dc.descriptionThis 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.abstractControversy 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.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen
dc.subjectEmotion, faces, awareness, attentionen
dc.subject.lcshHuman information processingen
dc.subject.lcshFace perception -- Testingen
dc.titleAttentional Effects of Processing Emotional Faces Using Continuous Flash Suppressionen
dc.description.collegeArts and Scienceen

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