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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02422

No Evidence for an Awareness-Dependent Emotional Modulation of the Attentional Blink

  • 1Neuropsychology Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Oldenburg, Germany

Pictures of faces with emotional expressions presented before a temporal attention task have been reported to affect temporal attention in an awareness-dependent manner: Awareness of a fearful face was linked to an increased deficit in the temporal attention task, while preventing the face from reaching awareness was linked to a decreased deficit, both relative to neutral faces. Here we report the results of two temporal attention experiments which aimed to extend and conceptually replicate this basic finding. The temporal attention task was preceded by an unmasked or a masked fearful face on a trial-by-trial basis. In both experiments the finding of an awareness-dependent emotional modulation of temporal attention through fearful faces could not be replicated, even when data were pooled across experiments. Pooling of experiments indicated however that, independent of awareness level, fearful faces can be associated with slightly worse temporal attention performance than neutral faces and suggested a lag-specific practice effect in terms of a reduced deficit in temporal attention in the second half of the experiment.

Keywords: attentional blink (AB), emotional modulation of the attentional blink, Awareness-dependent modulation of the attentional blink, emotional attentional blink, training effects in the attentional blink task

Received: 04 Jul 2019; Accepted: 11 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Galojan and Cornelia. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Ms. Jelena Galojan, Neuropsychology Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, 26129, Lower Saxony, Germany, j.galojan@gmail.com