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ERIC Number: EJ993739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0096-3445
Does Positive Affect Broaden and Negative Affect Narrow Attentional Scope? A New Answer to an Old Question
Huntsinger, Jeffrey R.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, v141 n4 p595-600 Nov 2012
The current research challenges the common view that positive affect and negative affect generate a broadened or narrowed attentional focus, respectively. Contrary to this view, two studies found that the link between affect and attentional focus as measured by a traditional flanker task (Study 1) and a modified flanker task (Study 2) reflects whatever focus is momentarily dominant. Further, in these studies when neither focus was dominant, the link between affect and attentional focus vanished. These results demonstrate that, like reward, positive affect and negative affect are not dedicated to a particular broadened or narrowed attentional scope but rather provide embodied information about the value of currently accessible attentional orientations. (Contains 2 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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