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On the role of goal relevance in emotional attention: disgust evokes early attention to cleanliness

Julia Vogt UGent, Ljubica Lozo, Ernst Koster UGent and Jan De Houwer UGent (2011) COGNITION & EMOTION. 25(3). p.466-477
abstract
Prior evidence has shown that aversive emotional states are characterised by an attentional bias towards aversive events. The present study investigated whether aversive emotions also bias attention towards stimuli that represent means by which the emotion can be alleviated. We induced disgust by having participants touch fake disgusting objects. Participants in the control condition touched non-disgusting objects. The results of a subsequent dot-probe task revealed that attention was oriented to disgusting pictures irrespective of condition. However, participants in the disgust condition also oriented towards pictures representing cleanliness. These findings suggest that the deployment of attention in aversive emotional states is not purely stimulus driven but is also guided by the goal to alleviate this emotional state.
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
CONTINGENT, INFORMATION, MOTIVATION, MECHANISMS, PSYCHOLOGY
journal title
COGNITION & EMOTION
Cogn. Emot.
volume
25
issue
3
pages
466 - 477
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000288672700007
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, EXPERIMENTAL
JCR impact factor
2.522 (2011)
JCR rank
22/83 (2011)
JCR quartile
2 (2011)
ISSN
0269-9931
DOI
10.1080/02699931.2010.532613
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1213188
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1213188
date created
2011-04-27 16:17:41
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:45:02
@article{1213188,
  abstract     = {Prior evidence has shown that aversive emotional states are characterised by an attentional bias towards aversive events. The present study investigated whether aversive emotions also bias attention towards stimuli that represent means by which the emotion can be alleviated. We induced disgust by having participants touch fake disgusting objects. Participants in the control condition touched non-disgusting objects. The results of a subsequent dot-probe task revealed that attention was oriented to disgusting pictures irrespective of condition. However, participants in the disgust condition also oriented towards pictures representing cleanliness. These findings suggest that the deployment of attention in aversive emotional states is not purely stimulus driven but is also guided by the goal to alleviate this emotional state.},
  author       = {Vogt, Julia and Lozo, Ljubica and Koster, Ernst and De Houwer, Jan},
  issn         = {0269-9931},
  journal      = {COGNITION \& EMOTION},
  keyword      = {CONTINGENT,INFORMATION,MOTIVATION,MECHANISMS,PSYCHOLOGY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {466--477},
  title        = {On the role of goal relevance in emotional attention: disgust evokes early attention to cleanliness},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2010.532613},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Vogt, Julia, Ljubica Lozo, Ernst Koster, and Jan De Houwer. 2011. “On the Role of Goal Relevance in Emotional Attention: Disgust Evokes Early Attention to Cleanliness.” Cognition & Emotion 25 (3): 466–477.
APA
Vogt, J., Lozo, L., Koster, E., & De Houwer, J. (2011). On the role of goal relevance in emotional attention: disgust evokes early attention to cleanliness. COGNITION & EMOTION, 25(3), 466–477.
Vancouver
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Vogt J, Lozo L, Koster E, De Houwer J. On the role of goal relevance in emotional attention: disgust evokes early attention to cleanliness. COGNITION & EMOTION. 2011;25(3):466–77.
MLA
Vogt, Julia, Ljubica Lozo, Ernst Koster, et al. “On the Role of Goal Relevance in Emotional Attention: Disgust Evokes Early Attention to Cleanliness.” COGNITION & EMOTION 25.3 (2011): 466–477. Print.