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date: 25 February 2021

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This chapter summarizes ways in which emotion affects cognition. First, some of the interactions between emotion and cognition are reviewed, with an emphasis on interactions between emotion and (1) perception and attention and (2) executive functions (behavioral inhibition and working memory). The overall focus is on brain systems, and less on psychological processes, as obtained by behavioral data. Second, the dual competition framework is presented, which was developed to explain how affective significance influences information processing in the brain. The framework describes influences of emotion at both the perceptual and the executive (i.e., “central”) levels.

Keywords: emotion, cognition, amygdala, threat, executive functions, control, affective significance, perception

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