Emotion and Social Cognition

The aim of this line of research is to clarify the relations between attention, cognitive control, personality, and emotion.

Central questions are:

-What attentional mechanisms are mediated by anxiety?
-How the different types of anxiety (state, trait, clinical) modulate attention?
-What are the relations between cognitive control and emotional regulation?

Principal Investigators

Alberto Acosta
Senior Investigator
M. Ángeles Ballesteros
Senior Investigator
M. Jesús Funes
Senior Investigator
Juan Lupiáñez
Senior Investigator
Andrea Marotta
Senior Investigator
Joaquín M. Vaquero
Senior Investigator

Representative Publications

Beffara,B., Wicker, B., Vermeulen, N., Ouellet, M., Bret, A., Funes, M.J., & Mermillod, M. (2015). Reduction of Interference Effect by Low Spatial Frequency Information Priming in an Emotional Stroop Task. Journal of Vision, 15(6):16, 1-9.

González-García, C., García-Carrión, B., López-Benítez, R., Sobrado, A., Acosta, A., & Ruz, M. (in press) Induced affective states do not modulate effort avoidance. Psychological Research. doi: 10.1007/s00426-020-01300-9.

López-Benítez, R., Acosta, A., Lupiáñez, J., & Carretro-Dios, H.(2018). High trait cheerfulness individuals are more sensitive to the emotional environment. Journal of Happiness Studies,19, 1589-1612.

Marotta, A., Lupiáñez, J., Román-Caballero, R., Narganes-Pineda, C., Martín-Arévalo, E.,(2019) Are eyes special? Electrophysiological and behavioural evidence for a dissociation between eye-gaze and arrows attentional mechanisms, Neuropsychologia, Volume 129, 2019, Pages 146-152.

Marotta, A., Pasini, A., Ruggiero, S., Maccari, L., Rosa, C., Lupiáñez, J., & Casagrande, M. (2013). Inhibition of return in response to eye gaze and peripheral cues in young people with Asperger’s syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(4).

Pacheco-Unguetti, A. P., Acosta, A., Callejas, A., & Lupiáñez, J. (2010). Attention and anxiety different attentional functioning under state and trait anxiety. Psychological Science, 21, 298-304.

Pérez-Dueñas, C., Acosta, A., & Lupiáñez, J. (2014). Reduced habituation to angry faces: increased attentional capture as to override inhibition of return. Psychological research, 78, 196-208.

Ruz, M. & Tudela, P. (2011) Emotional conflict in interpersonal interactions. NeuroImage, 54, 1685-91.

Silvert, L. & Funes M.J. (2016). When do fearful faces override inhibition of return? Acta psychologica, 163:124-34

Soto, D., Funes, M. J., Guzmán-García, A., Warbrick, T., Rotshtein, P., & Humphreys, G.W. (2009). Pleasant music overcomes the loss of awareness in patients with visual neglect. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS),106(14), 6011-6016.

Telga, M., de Lemus, S., Cañadas, E., Rodríguez-Bailón, R., & Lupiáñez, J. (2018). Category-based learning about Deviant outgroup members hinders performance in trust decision making. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(JUN), 1–18. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01008.

Torres-Quesada, M., Korb, F.M., Funes, M.J., Lupiáñez, J., Egner, T. (2014). Comparing neural substrates of emotional vs. non-emotional conflict modulation by global control context. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, Nº66

Zorza, J.P., Marino, J., & Acosta, A. (2019). Predictive influence of executive functions, effortful control, empathy, and social behavior on the academic performance in early adolescents. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 39, 253-279.