Current Concerns in Visual Masking.
2006 (English)In: Emotion, ISSN 1528-3542, Vol. 6, no 4, 675-680 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 6, no 4, 675-680 p.
emotion, masking, consciousness
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19963DOI: doi:10.1037/1528-35184.108.40.2065OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-19963DiVA: diva2:186488
This work was supported by funds from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).2007-11-212007-11-212011-01-11Bibliographically approved