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Happy but still focused: failures to find evidence for a mood-induced widening of visual attention

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In models of affect and cognition it is held that positive affect broadens the scope of attention. Consistent with this claim, previous research has indeed suggested that positive affect is associated with impaired selective attention as evidenced by increased interference of spatially distant distractors. However, several recent findings cast doubt on the reliability of this observation. In the present study we examined whether selective attention in a visual flanker task is influenced by positive mood induction. Across three experiments, positive affect consistently failed to exert any impact on selective attention. The implications of this null-finding for theoretical models of affect and cognition are discussed.
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COGNITION, POSITIVE EMOTIONS BROADEN, SELECTIVE ATTENTION, METAANALYSIS, INFORMATION, INTEGRATION, PHYSICIANS, IMPROVES, AROUSAL, BREADTH

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Bruyneel, Lynn et al. “Happy but Still Focused: Failures to Find Evidence for a Mood-induced Widening of Visual Attention.” PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH-PSYCHOLOGISCHE FORSCHUNG 77.3 (2013): 320–332. Print.
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Bruyneel, L., van Steenbergen, H., Hommel, B., Band, G., De Raedt, R., & Koster, E. (2013). Happy but still focused: failures to find evidence for a mood-induced widening of visual attention. PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH-PSYCHOLOGISCHE FORSCHUNG, 77(3), 320–332.
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Bruyneel, Lynn, Henk van Steenbergen, Bernard Hommel, Guido Band, Rudi De Raedt, and Ernst Koster. 2013. “Happy but Still Focused: Failures to Find Evidence for a Mood-induced Widening of Visual Attention.” Psychological Research-psychologische Forschung 77 (3): 320–332.
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Bruyneel, Lynn, Henk van Steenbergen, Bernard Hommel, Guido Band, Rudi De Raedt, and Ernst Koster. 2013. “Happy but Still Focused: Failures to Find Evidence for a Mood-induced Widening of Visual Attention.” Psychological Research-psychologische Forschung 77 (3): 320–332.
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Bruyneel L, van Steenbergen H, Hommel B, Band G, De Raedt R, Koster E. Happy but still focused: failures to find evidence for a mood-induced widening of visual attention. PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH-PSYCHOLOGISCHE FORSCHUNG. 2013;77(3):320–32.
IEEE
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L. Bruyneel, H. van Steenbergen, B. Hommel, G. Band, R. De Raedt, and E. Koster, “Happy but still focused: failures to find evidence for a mood-induced widening of visual attention,” PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH-PSYCHOLOGISCHE FORSCHUNG, vol. 77, no. 3, pp. 320–332, 2013.
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  abstract     = {In models of affect and cognition it is held that positive affect broadens the scope of attention. Consistent with this claim, previous research has indeed suggested that positive affect is associated with impaired selective attention as evidenced by increased interference of spatially distant distractors. However, several recent findings cast doubt on the reliability of this observation. In the present study we examined whether selective attention in a visual flanker task is influenced by positive mood induction. Across three experiments, positive affect consistently failed to exert any impact on selective attention. The implications of this null-finding for theoretical models of affect and cognition are discussed.},
  author       = {Bruyneel, Lynn and van Steenbergen, Henk and Hommel, Bernard and Band, Guido and De Raedt, Rudi and Koster, Ernst},
  issn         = {0340-0727},
  journal      = {PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH-PSYCHOLOGISCHE FORSCHUNG},
  keywords     = {COGNITION,POSITIVE EMOTIONS BROADEN,SELECTIVE ATTENTION,METAANALYSIS,INFORMATION,INTEGRATION,PHYSICIANS,IMPROVES,AROUSAL,BREADTH},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {320--332},
  title        = {Happy but still focused: failures to find evidence for a mood-induced widening of visual attention},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00426-012-0432-1},
  volume       = {77},
  year         = {2013},
}

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