Journal article

SURPRISING THREATS ACCELERATE EVIDENCE ACCUMULATION FOR CONSCIOUS PERCEPTION

Jessica McFadyen, Cooper Smout, Naotsugu Tsuchiya, Jason Mattingley, Marta Garrido

Published : 2019

Abstract

ABSTRACT Our survival depends on how well we can rapidly detect threats in our environment. To facilitate this, the brain is faster to bring threatening or rewarding visual stimuli into conscious awareness than neutral stimuli. Unexpected events may indicate a potential threat, and yet we tend to respond slower to unexpected than expected stimuli. It is unclear if or how these effects of emotion and expectation interact with one’s conscious experience. To investigate this, we presented neutral and fearful faces with different probabilities of occurance in a breaking continuous flash suppression (bCFS) paradigm. Across two experiments, we discovered that fulfilled prior expectations hastened ..

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