With emotional distractors (in this study, emotionally-provoking images), the cool executive (blue) areas of the brain (dIPFC) get turned down, while emotional centers like the amygdala flare up.
People vary in their ability to resist emotional distractions.
An examination of individual differences suggested that area of the right ventral IPFC may be important for resisting emotional distractions.
It comes as no surprise that emotional distractions affect work performance on the job, on the playing field, or in classrooms. For students, emotional triggers may not have to be big - worry may even turn off working memory.
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