The role of fear-relevant stimuli in visual search: A comparison of phylogenetic and ontogenetic stimuli

Brosch, Tobias and Sharma, Dinkar (2005) The role of fear-relevant stimuli in visual search: A comparison of phylogenetic and ontogenetic stimuli. Emotion, 5 (3). pp. 360-364. ISSN 1528-3542 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

It has been argued that phylogenetic fear-relevant stimuli elicit preattentive capture of attention. To distinguish between fear relevance and time of appearance in evolutionary history, the authors compare phylogenetic and ontogenetic fear-relevant and fear-irrelevant stimuli in a visual search task. The authors found no evidence for a special role of phylogenetic fear-relevant stimuli; it seems that fear relevance in general is more important than is the evolutionary age. The pattern of results indicates that attention toward threatening stimuli is mainly affected by a late component that prolongs the disengagement of attention.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2008 14:57
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 14:20
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4148 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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