Anger Primes, Task Difficulty, and Effort-Related Cardiac Reactivity

I’m Laure Freydefont from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and I presented my research at the APS 23rd Annual Convention in Washington, DC.

In French:

This 2 (prime: anger vs. sadness) x 2 (task difficulty: easy vs. difficult) experiment found that anger primes moderate objective task difficulty’s effect on effort-related cardiac response similarly as happiness primes. Anger leads to higher effort on a difficult task, but to lower effort on an easy task.

Poster Session X – Board: X- 040
Sunday, May 29, 2011, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Columbia Hall

Laure Freydefont
University of Geneva, Switzerland

Guido Gendolla
University of Geneva, Switzerland

Nicolas Silvestrini
University of Geneva, Switzerland


An interesting article. It is similar to theories of arousal and hyper arousal inhibiting the moderating effect of fore brain feed back networks. It’s not unlike the mechanism of limbic inhibition of executive functions found in alcoholism.

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