ERIC Number: EJ784558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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Behold the Voice of Wrath: Cross-Modal Modulation of Visual Attention by Anger Prosody
Brosch, Tobias; Grandjean, Didier; Sander, David; Scherer, Klaus R.
Cognition, v106 n3 p1497-1503 Mar 2008
Emotionally relevant stimuli are prioritized in human information processing. It has repeatedly been shown that selective spatial attention is modulated by the emotional content of a stimulus. Until now, studies investigating this phenomenon have only examined "within-modality" effects, most frequently using pictures of emotional stimuli to modulate visual attention. In this study, we used simultaneously presented utterances with emotional and neutral prosody as cues for a visually presented target in a "cross-modal" dot probe task. Response times towards targets were faster when they appeared at the location of the source of the emotional prosody. Our results show for the first time a cross-modal attentional modulation of visual attention by auditory affective prosody.
Descriptors: Cues, Attention, Cognitive Processes, Information Processing, Emotional Response, Reaction Time, Auditory Stimuli, Psychological Patterns
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