Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 1454–1466 | Cite as

Affecting speed and accuracy in perception

  • Bruno R. BocanegraEmail author


An account of affective modulations in perceptual speed and accuracy (ASAP: Affecting Speed and Accuracy in Perception) is proposed and tested. This account assumes an emotion-induced inhibitory interaction between parallel channels in the visual system that modulates the onset latencies and response durations of visual signals. By trading off speed and accuracy between channels, this mechanism achieves (a) fast visuo-motor responding to course-grained information, and (b) accurate visuo-attentional selection of fine-grained information. ASAP gives a functional account of previously counterintuitive findings, and may be useful for explaining affective influences in both featural-level single-stimulus tasks and object-level multistimulus tasks.


Emotion Vision Perception Attention Spatial frequency Localization Identification Speed Accuracy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, Institute of PsychologyLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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