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Emotion affects prefrontal cortex activity during cognitive task performance: A change blindness functional near-infrared spectroscopy study.

Bendall, RCA and Thompson, C 2014, Emotion affects prefrontal cortex activity during cognitive task performance: A change blindness functional near-infrared spectroscopy study. , in: British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience Annual Scientific Meeting, 11/09/14 - 12/09/14, York. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Research is increasingly demonstrating that emotional processes interact with our cognitions and that the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is heavily involved during such tasks. Higher naturalistic negative mood is related to reduced PFC activity during working memory tasks (Aoki et al., 2011). In addition increases in PFC activity have been observed when attending to visual art of positive valence (Kreplin & Fairclough, 2013). How emotion influences attentional processes and what the underlying role of the PFC is during attentional tasks warrants investigation. This study aimed to investigate if changes in PFC activity were evident during a change detection flicker task (e.g. Rensink, O’Regan, & Clark, 1997) following induction of positive, negative as well as neutral affect. The Positive and Negative Affect Scale (Watson, Clark, & Tellegan) was employed to collect self-reported emotional affect. The study also sought to examine if there were any behavioural improvements in visual attention following induction of positive affect.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Refereed: Yes
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Robert Bendall
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2015 10:46
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 11:38
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34082

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