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Advances in Psychological Science    2014, Vol. 22 Issue (3) : 422-430     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00422
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Emotion-induced Blindness: A Kind of Particular Functional Blindness
CHEN Wuying;LU Jiamei;LIU Lianqi;ZHOU Yangen
(1 School of Education, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200235, China) (2 School of Educational Science, Jiangsu Normal University, Jiangsu Xuzhou 221116, China) (3 Publicity Department, Xuzhou Institute of Technology, Jiangsu Xuzhou 221008, China)
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Abstract  

Functional blindness involves the reported loss of visual awareness in the absence of organic reasons to explain the impaired vision, such as change blindness and attention blink, etc. Emotion-induced blindness (EiB) refers to a phenomenon in which the brief appearance of a task-irrelevant, emotionally arousing image captures attention to such an extent that individuals cannot detect target stimuli which present with high speed after the emotional stimulus. The EiB differ from attention blink, especially from emotional attention blink in term of the process being measured and the results. Emotional stimulus is critical distraction in the EiB research and so we can explore how emotional stimulus capture attention and interfere with the process of target stimulus by bottom-up processing. Therefore, blindness induced by emotional stimulus has its own characteristics, such as the EiB has no lag1 sparing, no strict time window as attention blink, not influenced by the similarity between distraction and target stimulus, and the mental mechanism is a competition of perception in early stage. The EiB is a kind of unique research method which could be used to explore the influence of emotion on attention not only in the process of time but also in the position of space. We need do more work for an in-depth study of EiB in the future, including investigating it’s neural mechanism and influential factors.

Keywords emotion-induced blindness      emotional attention blink      emotion      attention      functional blindness     
Corresponding Authors: LU Jiamei   
Issue Date: 15 March 2014
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CHEN Wuying,LU Jiamei,LIU Lianqi, et al. Emotion-induced Blindness: A Kind of Particular Functional Blindness[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2014, 22(3): 422-430.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00422     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2014/V22/I3/422
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