School

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Department

Exercise and Sport Sciences

ICC Theme

Mind, Body, Spirit

Date

2-4-2019 2:50 PM

Abstract

Throughout many studies which focus on brain laterality as a key component to the outcome of an experiment, or to a participants’ reaction to a stimulus, it can be noted that the different areas of the brain involved in a task response must work together to produce a viable outcome (i.e. lateralized brain processes). While there are laterality components in relation to the cognitive processes of handed and footed responses, it is still largely unknown how the different areas of the brain interpret the emotional stimuli to then affect these outcomes. The purpose of our study is to determine how emotional context affects a simple cognitive task that includes handed and footed responses, and if any observed differences can be traced back to the different systems at work within the brain. Subjects will be tested over two days for handed and footed responses in a cognitive Simon Task. Subjects will be tested with and without emotional context (i.e. a background image of a specific valence and arousal rating), and any resulting differences between non-emotional context and emotional context reaction times will be compared.

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Poster

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Apr 2nd, 2:50 PM

Emotional Content Influences the Simon Effect

Throughout many studies which focus on brain laterality as a key component to the outcome of an experiment, or to a participants’ reaction to a stimulus, it can be noted that the different areas of the brain involved in a task response must work together to produce a viable outcome (i.e. lateralized brain processes). While there are laterality components in relation to the cognitive processes of handed and footed responses, it is still largely unknown how the different areas of the brain interpret the emotional stimuli to then affect these outcomes. The purpose of our study is to determine how emotional context affects a simple cognitive task that includes handed and footed responses, and if any observed differences can be traced back to the different systems at work within the brain. Subjects will be tested over two days for handed and footed responses in a cognitive Simon Task. Subjects will be tested with and without emotional context (i.e. a background image of a specific valence and arousal rating), and any resulting differences between non-emotional context and emotional context reaction times will be compared.

 

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