Abstract / Description of output
OBJECTIVE: According to the attention network approach, attention is best understood in terms of three functionally and neuroanatomically distinct networks-alerting, orienting, and executive attention. An important question is whether the experience of emotion differentially influences the efficiency of these networks.
METHOD: This study examines 180 participants were randomly assigned to a happy, sad, or control condition and undertook a modified version of the Attention Network Test.
RESULTS: The results showed no effect of happiness or sadness on alerting, orienting, or executive attention. However, sad participants showed reduced intrinsic alertness.
CONCLUSION: This suggests that sadness reduces general alertness rather than impairing the efficiency of specific attention networks.
Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)
- Executive Function
- Young Adult