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Cognition & Emotion
Previous work has proposed that simple geometric shapes, carrying the features present within negative or threatening faces are especially effective at capturing or guiding attention. Here we test this account and provide converging evidence for a threat-based attentional advantage. Experiment 1 found that downwards pointing triangles continue to be detected more efficiently than upwards pointing triangles when: (i) both overall RT and search slope measures are obtained, and (ii) when the setdoi:10.1080/02699931.2010.525861 pmid:21432646 fatcat:qbge55hhgbesladilg3wh6fy3m