Processing orientation and Emotion Recognition

Martin, Douglas and Slessor, G and Allen, R and Phillips, LH and Darling, Stephen (2012) Processing orientation and Emotion Recognition. Emotion, 12 (1). pp. 39-43. ISSN 1528-3542

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There is evidence that some emotional expressions are characterised by diagnostic cues from individual face features. For example, an upturned mouth is indicative of happiness, while a furrowed brow is associated with anger. The current investigation explored whether motivating people to perceive stimuli in a local (i.e., feature-based) rather than global (i.e., holistic) processing orientation was advantageous for recognising emotional facial expressions. Participants classified emotional faces while primed with local and global processing orientations, via a Navon-letters task. Contrary to previous findings for identity recognition, the current findings are indicative of a modest advantage for face emotion recognition under conditions of local processing orientation. When primed with a local processing orientation, participants performed significantly better on an emotion recognition task than when they were primed with a global processing orientation. The impacts of this finding for theories of emotion recognition and face processing are considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: recognition; face processing; processing orientation; social cognition
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Psychology and Sociology
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2011 10:53
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:41


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