Project

The role of attentional flexibility during emotion processing in resilience and emotional disorders

Duration
01 January 2012 → 31 December 2017
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Palliative care and end-of-life care
    • Regenerative medicine
    • Other basic sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Palliative care and end-of-life care
    • Regenerative medicine
    • Other clinical sciences
    • Other health sciences
    • Nursing
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Palliative care and end-of-life care
    • Regenerative medicine
    • Other translational sciences
    • Other medical and health sciences
Keywords
stress strain emotion control flexibility
 
Project description

The ability to flexible deploy attention during emotion processing is thought to play a crucial role in resilience to stress and healthy emotion regulation. Relatedly, according to cognitive models of anxiety and depression, impairments at this level may play an important role in mood disorders, where there often is exacerbated attention for (negative) emotional information. The present project aims to examine these ideas
using innovative tasks where attention needs to switched flexibly between affective and non-affective features of stimuli (faces). The project will examine (1) the influence of attentional flexibility during emotion processing on emotion regulation and resilience to stress; (2) attentional inflexibility during emotion processing in anxiety and depression; (3) neural mechanisms associated with attentional flexibility during emotion processing in healthy and individuals at risk for mood disorders. Information on this topic helps to further understand the influence of attention on well-being and mood disorders and may provide important new insights into cognitive risk for mood disorders and potential ways to remediate these risk factors.