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A growing literature shows that emotions reciprocally interact with cognitive processes, especially attentional control. This symposium will present diverse research programs aimed at understanding how affective influences on cognition differ based on valence or motivational factors. For example, global/local attentional shifts influence how we process facial expressions, while the emotions themselves can induce global/local processing shifts. Facial displays of emotion also show functional differences in their abilities to attract or hold attention, while the experience of those emotions alter how relevant stimuli are processed and represented. Affective processing also interacts with approach and avoidance motivations, to influence downstream cognitive processes. Emotion-cognition interactions impact behavioral measures and neurophysiological measures of motivation and action preparation.
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