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Biol Psychol. 2011 May;87(2):303-5. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.02.007. Epub 2011 Feb 23.

Attentional states influence early neural responses associated with motivational processes: local vs. global attentional scope and N1 amplitude to appetitive stimuli.

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University of Alabama, Department of Psychology, 505 Hackberry Ln, Tuscaloosa, Al 35487, USA. pagable@gmail.com

Abstract

Positive affects vary in the degree with which they are associated with approach motivation, the drive to approach an object or a goal. High approach-motivated positive affects cause a narrowing of attention, whereas low approach-motivated positive affects causes a broadening of attention. The current study was designed to extend this work by examining whether the relationship between motivation and attentional bias was bi-directional. Specifically, the experiment investigated whether a manipulated local attentional scope would cause greater approach motivational processing than a global attentional scope as measured by neural processes as early as 100 ms. As compared to a global attentional scope, a local attentional scope caused greater neural processing associated with approach motivation as measured by the N1 to appetitive pictures.

PMID:
21352886
DOI:
10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.02.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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