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Effects of thought suppression on visual perception

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Denomination Maîtrise universitaire interdisciplinaire en neurosciences
Defense Maîtrise : Univ. Genève, 2015
Abstract Thought suppression has paradoxical effects. Previous research has shown that this mental control strategy may increase the accessibility of the suppressed thoughts. This intriguing effect is usually explained by the need to closely monitor the target thought in order to efficiently suppress its occurrence in one’s mind. The aim of the present study was to examine whether thought suppression can also modulate the detection and representation of visual stimuli. We used the technique of continuous flash suppression (CFS), which allows to investigate the processing of visual information in the absence of visual awareness. Specifically, we hypothesized that when participants are instructed to suppress thoughts about a “target picture”, the target-picture presented to one eye may have a paradoxical advantage in perception and thus break suppression faster than non-target stimuli against a dynamic noise pattern presented to the other eye...
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PIERONI, Ilde. Effects of thought suppression on visual perception. Université de Genève. Maîtrise, 2015. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:76940

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