Emotional influences on cross-modal attentional capture

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Description: Previous research has explored how emotional stimuli influence attentional control using both spatial and temporal paradigms within the visual modality, but to date no one has explored how emotional stimuli can influence attentional control across modalities. The purpose of the current study was to determine if an irrelevant auditory emotional stimulus can capture visual attention in time. Participants searched for a rotated landscape in a series of photographs presented rapidly at fixation. The presence of an irrelevant auditory distractor had no significant effect on performance. However, the data revealed a trend toward more accurate performance when the distractor was an emotional sound versus a neutral sound or no sound at all. Future studies should explore the possibility that emotional auditory distractors appearing in close proximity to the target can enhance the salience of visual targets, resulting in the capture of attention by those targets.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work