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  Attentional orienting towards emotion: P2 and N400 ERP effects

Kanske, P., Plitschka, J., & Kotz, S. A. (2011). Attentional orienting towards emotion: P2 and N400 ERP effects. Neuropsychologia, 49(11), 3121-3129. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.07.022.

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Kanske, Philipp1, 2, Author              
Plitschka, Jan3, Author
Kotz, Sonja A.1, Author              
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1Minerva Research Group Neurocognition of Rhythm in Communication, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634560              
2Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany, ou_persistent22              
3Algorithmic Bioinformatics Group, Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology B-IT, University of Bonn, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: EEG; Event related potentials; Emotion; Linguistics; Semantics; Social cognition
 Abstract: Attention can be oriented to different spatial locations yielding faster processing of attended compared to unattended stimuli. Similarly attention can be oriented to a semantic category such as “animals” or “tools”. Words from the attended category will also be recognized faster than words from an unattended category. Here, we asked whether it is possible to orient attention to an emotional category, for example, “negative emotional stimuli”. Furthermore, we investigated which mechanisms facilitate processing of attended stimuli. In an attentional orienting paradigm in which cues are informative with regard to the spatial location, semantic category, or emotional category of subsequent target words, we found attention effects in all three cue conditions. Words at attended locations or of the attended semantic or emotional category were responded to faster than unattended categories. While spatial attention acted upon early visual processing and amplified occipital N1-P2 potentials, semantic cues modulated the N400 amplitude indexing semantic processing. Emotional cues also yielded an N400 modulation; however, in addition, a left anterior P2 effect was observed. The data clearly show that attention can be oriented to emotional categories. Emotional orienting yields facilitated processing of an attended emotional category through the modulation of early and late word processing stages.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2011-07-232011-09
 Publication Status: Published in print
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Title: Neuropsychologia
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Publ. Info: Oxford : Pergamon
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 49 (11) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 3121 - 3129 Identifier: ISSN: 0028-3932
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925428258