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Emotional state and the detection of change in facial expression of emotion

Author(s): Halberstadt, J. B., Margolin, J., InnesKer, A. H.

Journal/Book: Eur J Soc Psychol. 2000; 30: Baffins Lane Chichester, W Sussex PO19 1UD, England. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 211-222.

Abstract: A new method is presented for examining effects of emotion in the detection of change in facial expression of emotion. The method was used in one experiment, reported here. Participants who were induced to feel happiness, sadness, or neutral emotion, saw computerized 100-frame movies in which the first frame always showed a face expressing a specific emotion (e.g. Happiness). The facial expression gradually became neutral over the course of the movie. Participants placed the movie, changing the facial expression, and indicated the frame at which the initial expression as no longer present on the face. Emotion congruent expressions were perceived to persist longer than were emotion incongruent expressions. The findings are consistent with previous findings documenting enhanced perceptual processing of emotion congruent information. The value of the current technique, and the types of everyday, situations that it might model are discussed.

Note: Article Niedenthal PM, Univ Blaise Pascal, Lab Psychol Sociale Cognit, F-63037 Clermont Ferrand, FRANCE


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