Angry faces are special too: evidence from the eye-movement based memory effect

Bate, Sarah, Haslam, Catherine and Hodgson, Timothy L. (2008) Angry faces are special too: evidence from the eye-movement based memory effect. Neuropsychology, 23 5: 658-667. doi:10.1037/a0014518

Author Bate, Sarah
Haslam, Catherine
Hodgson, Timothy L.
Title Angry faces are special too: evidence from the eye-movement based memory effect
Journal name Neuropsychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0894-4105
Publication date 2008-09-08
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0014518
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 23
Issue 5
Start page 658
End page 667
Total pages 10
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Abstract Traditional models of face processing posit independent pathways for the processing of facial identity and facial expression (e.g., Bruce & Young, 1986). However, such models have been questioned by recent reports that suggest positive expressions may facilitate recognition (e.g., Baudouin et al., 2000), although little attention has been paid to the role of negative expressions. The current study used eye movement indicators to examine the influence of emotional expression (angry, happy, neutral) on the recognition of famous and novel faces. In line with previous research, the authors found some evidence that only happy expressions facilitate the processing of famous faces. However, the processing of novel faces was enhanced by the presence of an angry expression. Contrary to previous findings, this paper suggests that angry expressions also have an important role in the recognition process, and that the influence of emotional expression is modulated by face familiarity. The implications of this finding are discussed in relation to (1) current models of face processing, and (2) theories of oculomotor control in the viewing of facial stimuli.
Keyword Emotional expression
Eye movements
Face recognition
Visual scanpath
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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