Emotionality of Mental Imagery and Verbal Thought

We compare the emotionality of mental imagery and verbal thought using eye tracking and fMRI. While mental imagery appears to act as an emotional amplifier, verbal thought appears to act as an emotional silencer. Our findings will contribute to existing literature by examining this difference in emotionality on a physiological and neural level.

Preregistration: coming soon

Researchers: Hannah Bär, Deniz Kumral, Andreas Paetsch, Monika Schönauer, & Fritz Renner

Positive Imagery and Attention

We examine the influence of positive compared to neutral imagery of everyday activities on behavioral motivation and attention using self-report measures and a visual probe task with concurrent eye tracking, respectively. Based on our results, we will gain insight into the cognitive mechanisms affected by positive imagery and how this may be useful for interventions based on mental imagery.

Preregistration: https://osf.io/x4wvk/

Researchers: Hannah Bär, Jessica Werthmann, Andreas Paetsch, & Fritz Renner