publication . Article . Other literature type . 2002

Attentional resources measured by reaction times highlight differences within pleasant and unpleasant, high arousing stimuli.

Michela Sarlo;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2002 Journal: Motivation and Emotion, volume 26, pages 123-138 (issn: 0146-7239, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
Abstract
Simple reaction times (RTs) to acoustic tones were recorded during picture viewing in order to investigate attentional resource allocation to threat stimuli compared with pleasant (sport/adventure) and neutral (household objects) contents. Stimuli were selected as equally arousing according to standardized subjective ratings. In the late stage of picture processing threat pictures showed shorter RTs compared with neutral and pleasant ones. In a second study, a choice-RT task was employed, and a wider range of both pleasant and unpleasant contents was shown. Results indicated slower RTs when blood/injury and erotic couples were presented, compared with other thre...
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