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The effect of visual threat on spatial attention to touch
Poliakoff, Ellen; Miles, Eleanor; Li, Xinying; Blanchette, Isabelle; E. Poliakoff
2007-03-01
Source PublicationCOGNITION
ISSN0010-0277
SubtypeArticle
Volume102Issue:3Pages:405-414
AbstractViewing a threatening stimulus can bias visual attention toward that location. Such effects have typically been investigated only in the visual modality, despite the fact that many threatening stimuli are most dangerous when close to or in contact with the body. Recent multisensory research indicates that a neutral visual stimulus, such as a light flash, can lead to a tactile attention shift towards a nearby body part. Here, we investigated whether the threat value of a visual stimulus modulates its effect on attention to touch. Participants made speeded discrimination responses about tactile stimuli presented to one or other hand, preceded by a picture cue (snake, spider, flower or mushroom) presented close to the same or the opposite hand. Pictures of snakes led to a significantly greater tactile attentional facilitation effect than did non-threatening pictures of flowers and mushrooms. Furthermore, there was a correlation between self-reported fear of snakes and spiders and the magnitude of early facilitation following cues of that type. These findings demonstrate that the attentional bias towards threat extends to the tactile modality and indicate that perceived threat value can modulate the cross-modal effect that a visual cue has on attention to touch.; Viewing a threatening stimulus can bias visual attention toward that location. Such effects have typically been investigated only in the visual modality, despite the fact that many threatening stimuli are most dangerous when close to or in contact with the body. Recent multisensory research indicates that a neutral visual stimulus, such as a light flash, can lead to a tactile attention shift towards a nearby body part. Here, we investigated whether the threat value of a visual stimulus modulates its effect on attention to touch. Participants made speeded discrimination responses about tactile stimuli presented to one or other hand, preceded by a picture cue (snake, spider, flower or mushroom) presented close to the same or the opposite hand. Pictures of snakes led to a significantly greater tactile attentional facilitation effect than did non-threatening pictures of flowers and mushrooms. Furthermore, there was a correlation between self-reported fear of snakes and spiders and the magnitude of early facilitation following cues of that type. These findings demonstrate that the attentional bias towards threat extends to the tactile modality and indicate that perceived threat value can modulate the cross-modal effect that a visual cue has on attention to touch. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywordthreat attention tactile cross-modal multisensory
Subject Area认知心理学
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000244242400005
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/5749
Collection中国科学院心理研究所回溯数据库(1956-2010)
Corresponding AuthorE. Poliakoff
Affiliation1.Univ Manchester, Sch Psychol Sci, Manchester M13 9PL, Lancs, England
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Poliakoff, Ellen,Miles, Eleanor,Li, Xinying,et al. The effect of visual threat on spatial attention to touch[J]. COGNITION,2007,102(3):405-414.
APA Poliakoff, Ellen,Miles, Eleanor,Li, Xinying,Blanchette, Isabelle,&E. Poliakoff.(2007).The effect of visual threat on spatial attention to touch.COGNITION,102(3),405-414.
MLA Poliakoff, Ellen,et al."The effect of visual threat on spatial attention to touch".COGNITION 102.3(2007):405-414.
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