Searching for emotion or race: task-irrelevant facial cues have asymmetrical effects

Lipp, Ottmar V., Craig, Belinda M., Frost, Mareka J., Terry, Deborah J. and Smith, Joanne R. (2013) Searching for emotion or race: task-irrelevant facial cues have asymmetrical effects. Cognition and Emotion, 28 6: 1100-1109. doi:10.1080/02699931.2013.867831

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Author Lipp, Ottmar V.
Craig, Belinda M.
Frost, Mareka J.
Terry, Deborah J.
Smith, Joanne R.
Title Searching for emotion or race: task-irrelevant facial cues have asymmetrical effects
Journal name Cognition and Emotion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-9931
Publication date 2013-12-18
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02699931.2013.867831
Volume 28
Issue 6
Start page 1100
End page 1109
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Facial cues of threat such as anger and other race membership are detected preferentially in visual search tasks. However, it remains unclear whether these facial cues interact in visual search. If both cues equally facilitate search, a symmetrical interaction would be predicted; anger cues should facilitate detection of other race faces and cues of other race membership should facilitate detection of anger. Past research investigating this race by emotional expression interaction in categorisation tasks revealed an asymmetrical interaction. This suggests that cues of other race membership may facilitate the detection of angry faces but not vice versa. Utilising the same stimuli and procedures across two search tasks, participants were asked to search for targets defined by either race or emotional expression. Contrary to the results revealed in the categorisation paradigm, cues of anger facilitated detection of other race faces whereas differences in race did not differentially influence detection of emotion targets.
Keyword Other race faces
Emotional expression
Visual search
Anger superiority effect
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 18 Dec 2013.

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