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Current Concerns in Visual Masking.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: Emotion, ISSN 1528-3542, Vol. 6, no 4, 675-680 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Theories of emotion postulate that emotional input is processed independently from perceptual awareness. Although visual masking has a long tradition in studying whether emotional pictures are processed below a supposed threshold of perceptual awareness (subliminal perception), a consensus has yet to be reached. This article reviews current concerns in the use of visual masking. These include a reliable presentation method, the role of masking pictures, common definitions of awareness and their problems, current models of awareness, and neural mechanisms. A useful strategy may be the study of dose–response relationships between awareness and emotion processing that avoids a dichotomous view of awareness and allows conclusions about the relative independence of emotional processing from awareness.

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2006. Vol. 6, no 4, 675-680 p.
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emotion, masking, consciousness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19963DOI: doi:10.1037/1528-3542.6.4.675OAI: diva2:186488
This work was supported by funds from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).Available from: 2007-11-21 Created: 2007-11-21 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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