Sex differences in how erotic and painful stimuli impair inhibitory control

Jiaxin Yu, Daisy L. Hung, Philip Tseng, Ovid J L Tzeng, Neil G. Muggleton, Chi Hung Juan

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Abstract

Witnessing emotional events such as arousal or pain may impair ongoing cognitive processes such as inhibitory control. We found that this may be true only half of the time. Erotic images and painful video clips were shown to men and women shortly before a stop signal task, which measures cognitive inhibitory control. These stimuli impaired inhibitory control only in men and not in women, suggesting that emotional stimuli may be processed with different weights depending on gender.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-255
Number of pages5
JournalCognition
Volume124
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emotion
  • Response inhibition
  • Sex difference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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