We are grateful to Beate Hofer for her assistance in data collection. This work was supported, in part, by the German Research Foundation (DFG) grants to H. T. Schupp (Schu1074/7-3, Schu1074/11-1) and a scholarship awarded to F. Bublatzky by the State Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs of Baden-Wuerttemberg (LGFG).
The interaction of anticipatory anxiety and emotional picture processing: An event-related brain potential study
Article first published online: 2 FEB 2010
Copyright © 2010 Society for Psychophysiological Research
Volume 47, Issue 4, pages 687–696, July 2010
How to Cite
Bublatzky, F., Flaisch, T., Stockburger, J., Schmälzle, R. and Schupp, H. T. (2010), The interaction of anticipatory anxiety and emotional picture processing: An event-related brain potential study. Psychophysiology, 47: 687–696. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2010.00966.x
- Issue published online: 9 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 2 FEB 2010
- (Received March 4, 2009; Accepted July 23, 2009)
- Threat of Shock;
The present study examined the interaction of anticipatory anxiety and selective emotion processing. Toward this end, a rapid stream of pleasant, neutral, and unpleasant pictures was presented in alternating blocks of threat-of-shock or safety, which were signaled by colored picture frames. The main finding is that pleasant pictures elicited a sustained negative difference potential over occipital regions during threat as compared to safety periods. In contrast, unpleasant and neutral picture processing did not vary as a function of threat-of-shock. Furthermore, in both the safety and threat-of-shock conditions, emotional pictures elicited an enlarged early posterior negativity and late positive potential. These data show that the activation of the fear/anxiety network exerts valence-specific effects on affective picture processing. Pleasant stimuli mismatching the current state of anticipatory anxiety apparently draw more attentional resources.