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ERIC Number: EJ874813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Auditory Emotional Cues Enhance Visual Perception
Zeelenberg, Rene; Bocanegra, Bruno R.
Cognition, v115 n1 p202-206 Apr 2010
Recent studies show that emotional stimuli impair performance to subsequently presented neutral stimuli. Here we show a cross-modal perceptual enhancement caused by emotional cues. Auditory cue words were followed by a visually presented neutral target word. Two-alternative forced-choice identification of the visual target was improved by emotional cues as compared to neutral cues. When the cue was presented visually we replicated the emotion-induced impairment found in other studies. Our results suggest emotional stimuli have a twofold effect on perception. They impair perception by reflexively attracting attention at the expense of competing stimuli. However, emotional stimuli also induce a nonspecific perceptual enhancement that carries over onto other stimuli when competition is reduced, for example, by presenting stimuli in different modalities. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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