Lookup NU author(s): Tom Adams,
Dr Sally Preston,
Dr Peter Gallagher,
Professor Hamish McAllister-Williams
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Little is known of the retest reliability of emotional cognitive tasks or the impact of using different tasks employing similar emotional stimuli within a battery. We investigated this in healthy subjects. We found improved overall performance in an emotional attentional blink task (EABT) with repeat testing at one hour and one week compared to baseline, but the impact of an emotional stimulus on performance was unchanged. Similarly, performance on a facial expression recognition task (FERT) was better one week after a baseline test, though the relative effect of specific emotions was unaltered. There was no effect of repeat testing on an emotional word categorising, recall and recognition task. We found no difference in performance in the FERT and EABT irrespective of task order. We concluded that it is possible to use emotional cognitive tasks in longitudinal studies and combine tasks using emotional facial stimuli in a single battery.
Author(s): Adams T, Pounder Z, Preston S, Hanson A, Gallagher P, Harmer CJ, McAllister-Williams RH
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Cognition and Emotion
Online publication date: 29/07/2015
Acceptance date: 25/05/2015
ISSN (print): 0269-9931
ISSN (electronic): 1464-0600
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