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Searching for emotion: A top-down set governs attentional orienting to facial expressions

Delchau, Hannah L; Christensen, Bruce K; Lipp, Ottmar V; O'Kearney, Richard; Bandara, Kavindu H; Tan, Nicole; Yabuki, Hana; Goodhew, Stephanie Catherine


Research indicates that humans orient attention toward facial expressions of emotion. Orienting to facial expressions has typically been conceptualised as due to bottom-up attentional capture. However, this overlooks the contributions of top-down attention and selection history. In the present study, across four experiments, these three attentional processes were differentiated using a variation of the dot-probe task, in which participants were cued to attend to a happy or angry face on each...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020-03
Type: Journal article
Source: Acta psychologica
DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103024
Access Rights: Open Access


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