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Stop what you are not doing! Emotional pictures interfere with the task not to respond

Jan De Houwer (UGent) and Helen Tibboel (UGent)
(2010) PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW. 17(5). p.699-703
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Previous research has shown that emotional stimuli interfere with ongoing activities One explanation is that these stimuli draw attention away from the primary task and thereby hamper the correct execution of the task Another explanation is that emotional stimuli cause a temporary freezing of all ongoing activity We used a go/no-go task to differentiate between these accounts According to the attention account, emotional distractors should impair performance on both go and no-go trials According to the freezing account, the presentation of emotional stimuli should be detrimental to performance on go trials, but beneficial for performance on no-go trials Our findings confirm the former prediction Pictures high in emotional arousal impaired performance on no-go trials.
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SNAKE, GRASS, AROUSAL, ATTENTION, INHIBITION, STROOP TASK

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De Houwer, Jan, and Helen Tibboel. 2010. “Stop What You Are Not Doing! Emotional Pictures Interfere with the Task Not to Respond.” Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 17 (5): 699–703.
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De Houwer, J., & Tibboel, H. (2010). Stop what you are not doing! Emotional pictures interfere with the task not to respond. PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW, 17(5), 699–703.
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De Houwer J, Tibboel H. Stop what you are not doing! Emotional pictures interfere with the task not to respond. PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW. 2010;17(5):699–703.
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De Houwer, Jan, and Helen Tibboel. “Stop What You Are Not Doing! Emotional Pictures Interfere with the Task Not to Respond.” PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW 17.5 (2010): 699–703. Print.
@article{1106798,
  abstract     = {Previous research has shown that emotional stimuli interfere with ongoing activities One explanation is that these stimuli draw attention away from the primary task and thereby hamper the correct execution of the task Another explanation is that emotional stimuli cause a temporary freezing of all ongoing activity We used a go/no-go task to differentiate between these accounts According to the attention account, emotional distractors should impair performance on both go and no-go trials According to the freezing account, the presentation of emotional stimuli should be detrimental to performance on go trials, but beneficial for performance on no-go trials Our findings confirm the former prediction Pictures high in emotional arousal impaired performance on no-go trials.},
  author       = {De Houwer, Jan and Tibboel, Helen},
  issn         = {1069-9384},
  journal      = {PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN \& REVIEW},
  keyword      = {SNAKE,GRASS,AROUSAL,ATTENTION,INHIBITION,STROOP TASK},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {699--703},
  title        = {Stop what you are not doing! Emotional pictures interfere with the task not to respond},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/PBR.17.5.699},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2010},
}

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