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This task was adapted from the one developed by Hariri and colleagues (Hariri et al. 2002). Participants are presented with blocks of trials that either ask them to decide which of two faces presented on the bottom of the screen match the face at the top of the screen, or which of two shapes presented at the bottom of the screen match the shape at the top of the screen. The faces have either an angry or fearful expression. Trials are presented in blocks of 6 trials of the same task (face or shape), with the stimulus presented for 2000 ms and a 1000 ms ITI. Each block is preceded by a 3000 ms task cue (“shape” or “face”), so that each block is 21 seconds including the cue. Each of the two runs includes 3 face blocks and 3 shape blocks, with 8 seconds of fixation at the end of each run.

This task is included in the Human Connectome Project (HCP) 500 subject data release.

References for the Emotion Processing Task: Localizer (Hariri et al. 2002); Moderate reliability
across time (Manuck et al. 2007).

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emotion processing fMRI task paradigm has been asserted to measure the following CONCEPTS
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Phenotypes associated with emotion processing fMRI task paradigm


generalized anxiety disorder


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IMPLEMENTATIONS of emotion processing fMRI task paradigm
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EXTERNAL DATASETS for emotion processing fMRI task paradigm

Experimental conditions are the subsets of an experiment that define the relevant experimental manipulation.


In the Cognitive Atlas, we define a contrast as any function over experimental conditions. The simplest contrast is the indicator value for a specific condition; more complex contrasts include linear or nonlinear functions of the indicator across different experimental conditions.


No indicators have yet been associated.

An indicator is a specific quantitative or qualitative variable that is recorded for analysis. These may include behavioral variables (such as response time, accuracy, or other measures of performance) or physiological variables (including genetics, psychophysiology, or brain imaging data).


The amygdala response to emotional stimuli: a comparison of faces and scenes.
Hariri AR, Tessitore A, Mattay VS, Fera F, Weinberger DR
2002 Sep