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Attentional Effects on Emotional Content in Working Memory

Grant number: 18/26760-5
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 10, 2019
Effective date (End): December 10, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Cognitive Psychology
Principal Investigator:Cesar Alexis Galera
Grantee:Lívia Valenti
Supervisor abroad: Margaret Cecilia Jackson
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of Aberdeen, Scotland  
Associated to the scholarship:17/09368-1 - Effect of Mood and Emotional Content on Working Memory: The role of the Central Executive and Hedonic Detector, BP.DR


This study aims to investigate how visual working memory load and attentional resources affects emotional face recognition. Fifty volunteers (25 women) without significant depression or anxiety symptoms as assessed by Beck's inventories will participate in the experiment. The participants will perform a recognition task with set sizes of 2, 3 and 4 faces (happy, neutral, angry, sad) in a control (low attentional load) and interference condition (high attentional load). An ANOVA will be performed on psychophysical parameter d' and response time, with set size, attentional load and emotional expression of face as within-participant factors.