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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2017, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (1): 49-58.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00049

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Neural mechanism of how emotion affects conflict processing

MA Jianling1; LIU Chang2; FU Mingqiu3   

  1. (1 Research Institute of Education Development, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing 400065, China) (2 Mental Health Education and Counseling Center, Yangtze Normal University, Fuling 408100, China) (3 Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing 400065, China)
  • Received:2016-01-22 Online:2017-01-15 Published:2017-01-15
  • Contact: LIU Chang, E-mail:


It is very important to withhold inappropriate behavior in emotional situations. Recently, both behavioral and imaging techniques have been applied to explore the mechanism of how emotions exert influence on conflict processing. Based on these findings, emotional stimuli may facilitate or hinder conflict processing and conflict adaption compared to neutral stimuli. Moreover, it is revealed that research paradigm, task relevance, individual differences as well as task demanding mediated how emotion affect conflict processing course. Future studies should focus on how approach-avoidance motivation influence conflict processing, pay attention to how differential emotion affect conflict processing, and explore the effect of conflict processing experience on emotional processing.

Key words: emotion, conflict processing, Stroop, Flanker, Simon