Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 02 March 2021

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter focuses on the influence of emotion on cognitive processes, and underlying neural mechanisms. The influence of three aspects of emotional processing on perception and attention is discussed. First, literature on enhanced attention to emotionally arousing stimuli is reviewed. Addressed are the ongoing controversies about the relative automaticity of this “motivated attention” as well as those about its neural substrates, individual differences, and developmental changes. Next, evidence is presented that production of some facial expressions serves to enhance, and others to reduce, incoming sensory information. The chapter also reviews studies that investigate how sustained emotional states influence the nature and scope of selective attention. In particular, the role of positive affect in broadening attention by “unbiasing” competition for perceptual processing is addressed. Finally, findings are presented in relation to a view of the amygdala as a key hub linking cognitive and emotional process via allocation of bodily and cognitive resources.

Keywords: amygdala, attention, emotion, motivated attention, attention–emotion interactions, visual processing, facial expression

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.