September 2018
Volume 18, Issue 10
Open Access
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   September 2018
The Role of Bottom-Up Visual Representations in Emotional Decision-Making
Author Affiliations
  • Stephen Phillips
    Department of Psychology, Sonoma State University
  • Olivia Krieger
    Department of Psychology, Sonoma State University
  • Alexandra Theodorou
    Department of Psychology, Sonoma State University
  • Jesse Bengson
    Department of Psychology, Sonoma State University
Journal of Vision September 2018, Vol.18, 977. doi:10.1167/18.10.977
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      Stephen Phillips, Olivia Krieger, Alexandra Theodorou, Jesse Bengson; The Role of Bottom-Up Visual Representations in Emotional Decision-Making. Journal of Vision 2018;18(10):977. doi: 10.1167/18.10.977.

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Abstract

While numerous studies have investigated emotion through presentation of visual stimuli, no study has focused on the role of the visual system during decision-driven emotional expectancies. Early visual representations to an otherwise neutral cue may bias decision-making. To test this hypothesis, we measured EEG activity during an attention task in which individuals responded to neutral cues by endogenously generating happy or sad expectancies. Results indicate that early lateralized visuocortical activity predicted subsequent positive and negative decisional outcomes. These results provide evidence that decision-making, even for abstract emotional categories, is influenced by early visual responses to neutral stimuli.

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