Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Recent research has suggested that specific emotions, such as fear, may impact visual acuity (Phelps, Ling, & Carrasco, 2006). To see if emotion can influence higher order perceptions, an affective priming visual search task (APVST) was used to examine the effect of either fear or joy on participants' ability to find an associated search stimulus. A face showing either fear or joy was presented to induce a mood state, and participants searched for either a spider or a flower in a wooded background. It was found that search times were faster for the spider, but mood induction seemed to have little effect. The robust phenomenon of automatic vigilance and its contributing factors are discussed, along with its relation to mood congruence. The findings suggest that no mood congruence occurs, but that search times are reduced when the target is threatening.
BF1 .M63 v. 14 no. 1 2008
"Automatic vigilance: does emotional state affect search times for positively and negatively valenced targets?,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 14
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol14/iss1/4