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ERIC Number: EJ922681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2909
Limitations of the Motivational Intensity Model of Attentional Tuning: Reply to Harmon-Jones, Gable, and Price (2011)
Friedman, Ronald S.; Forster, Jens
Psychological Bulletin, v137 n3 p513-516 May 2011
In an integrative review, we concluded that implicit affective cues--rudimentary stimuli associated with the onset of arousing positive or negative emotional states and/or with appraisals that the environment is benign or threatening--automatically moderate the scope of attention (Friedman & Forster, 2010). In their comment, Harmon-Jones, Gable, and Price (2011) contended that their own recent research, aimed at demonstrating that motivational intensity moderates the relationship between affective state and attentional tuning, requires a tempering of our conclusions. However, Harmon-Jones et al. portrayed these conclusions neither accurately nor comprehensively and offered an insufficient critical assessment of their own competing account. More important, they failed to establish a compelling alternative explanation for the multitude of specific findings we reviewed (Friedman & Forster, 2010). Therefore, although the work of Harmon-Jones et al. is provocative, it leaves critical issues unresolved and does not yet demand a reconsideration of either our basic assumptions or our overall conclusions.
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Language: English
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