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Effects of mood on the speed of conscious perception:
Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence

Kuhbandner, Christof ; Hanslmayr, Simon ; Maier, Markus A. ; Pekrun, Reinhard ; Spitzer, Bernhard J. ; Pastötter, Bernhard ; Bäuml, Karl-Heinz


When a visual stimulus is quickly followed in time by a second visual stimulus, we are normally unable to perceive it consciously. This study examined how affective states influence this temporal limit of conscious perception. Using a masked visual perception task, we found that the temporal threshold for access to consciousness is decreased in negative mood and increased in positive mood. To ...


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