Never mind the spider: Late positive potentials to phobic threat at fixation are unaffected by perceptual load
2010 (English)In: Psychophysiology, ISSN 0048-5772, E-ISSN 1469-8986, Vol. 47, no 6, 1151-1158 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Research suggests that processing of emotional stimuli may be eliminated if a concurrent task places sufficient demands on attentional resources. To test whether this holds for stimuli with strong emotional significance, pictures of spiders as well as mushrooms were presented at fixation to spider-fearful and non-fearful participants. Concurrently, perceptual load was manipulated in two levels with a peripheral letter discrimination task. Results of event-related potentials showed that, compared with non-fearful participants, spider-fearful participants showed greater late positive potentials (LPP) to spiders than mushrooms, which provides a manipulation check that spiders were emotionally meaningful to spider-fearful participants. Critically, this effect was not affected by level of perceptual load. These findings suggest that strong emotional stimuli at fixation may resist manipulations of perceptual load.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 47, no 6, 1151-1158 p.
Emotion, Attention, EEG, ERP
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-51664DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2010.01019.xISI: 000282874800019OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-51664DiVA: diva2:385864
authorCount :32011-01-122011-01-122012-12-13Bibliographically approved