No Effect of Inversion on Attentional and Affective Processing of Facial Expressions

Lipp, Ottmar V., Price, Sarah M. and Tellegen, Cassandra L. (2009) No Effect of Inversion on Attentional and Affective Processing of Facial Expressions. Emotion, 9 2: 248-259. doi:10.1037/a0014715

Author Lipp, Ottmar V.
Price, Sarah M.
Tellegen, Cassandra L.
Title No Effect of Inversion on Attentional and Affective Processing of Facial Expressions
Journal name Emotion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1528-3542
Publication date 2009-04-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0014715
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 248
End page 259
Total pages 12
Editor Susan J A Harris
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Psychological Assocation
Language eng
Subject 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract The decrease in recognition performance after face inversion has been taken to suggest that faces are processed holistically. Three experiments, 1 with schematic and 2 with photographic faces, were conducted to assess whether face inversion also affected visual search for and implicit evaluation of facial expressions of emotion. The 3 visual search experiments yielded the same differences in detection speed between different facial expressions of emotion for upright and inverted faces. Threat superiority effects, faster detection of angry than of happy faces among neutral background faces, were evident in 2 experiments. Face inversion did not affect explicit or implicit evaluation of face stimuli as assessed with verbal ratings and affective priming. Happy faces were evaluated as more positive than angry, sad, or fearful/scheming ones regardless of orientation. Taken together these results seem to suggest that the processing of facial expressions of emotion is not impaired if holistic processing is disrupted.
Keyword facial expression of emotion
visual search
affective priming
face processing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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