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The Neuroscience of AttentionAttentional Control and Selection$
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George R. Mangun

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195334364

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334364.001.0001

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Emotional Influences on Visuospatial Attention

Emotional Influences on Visuospatial Attention

(p.250) 12 Emotional Influences on Visuospatial Attention
The Neuroscience of Attention

Harlan M Fichtenholtz

Kevin S LaBar

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on how emotional processing in the amygdala and related limbic regions interact with frontoparietal attentional control systems and the visual processing stream. Such effects have been elucidated by studying neurologic patients with brain damage, as well as by functional brain imaging methods in healthy individuals. A systematic treatment of attentional biases in affective disorders is beyond the scope of this chapter, although it mentions some studies that investigate how anxiety as a trait marker moderates emotion-attention interactions. It also considers the time course of emotional influences on visual processing that have been revealed by event-related potential (ERP) studies in humans.

Keywords:   emotional processing, amygdala, limbic regions, frontoparietal attentional control systems, attentional bias, anxiety, emotional influences, visual processing, event-related potential

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