Positive and negative emotion enhances the processing of famous faces in a semantic judgment task

Bate, Sarah, Haslam, Catherine, Hodgson, Timothy L., Jansari, Ashok, Gregory, Nicola and Kay, Janice (2010) Positive and negative emotion enhances the processing of famous faces in a semantic judgment task. Neuropsychology, 24 1: 84-89. doi:10.1037/a0017202


Author Bate, Sarah
Haslam, Catherine
Hodgson, Timothy L.
Jansari, Ashok
Gregory, Nicola
Kay, Janice
Title Positive and negative emotion enhances the processing of famous faces in a semantic judgment task
Journal name Neuropsychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0894-4105
1931-1559
Publication date 2010-01-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0017202
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 84
End page 89
Total pages 6
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Abstract Previous work has consistently reported a facilitatory influence of positive emotion in face recognition (e.g., D’Argembeau, Van der Linden, Comblain, & Etienne, 2003). However, these reports asked participants to make recognition judgments in response to faces, and it is unknown whether emotional valence may influence other stages of processing, such as at the level of semantics. Furthermore, other evidence suggests that negative rather than positive emotion facilitates higher level judgments when processing nonfacial stimuli (e.g., Mickley & Kensinger, 2008), and it is possible that negative emotion also influences latter stages of face processing. The present study addressed this issue, examining the influence of emotional valence while participants made semantic judgments in response to a set of famous faces. Eye movements were monitored while participants performed this task, and analyses revealed a reduction in information extraction for the faces of liked and disliked celebrities compared with those of emotionally neutral celebrities. Thus, in contrast to work using familiarity judgments, both positive and negative emotion facilitated processing in this semantic-based task. This pattern of findings is discussed in relation to current models of face processing.
Keyword Face processing
Semantics
Emotion
Affect
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID PTA-037-2006-00006
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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