Interactions between facial emotion and identity in face processing: evidence based on redundancy gains

Yankouskaya, Alla, Booth, David and Humphreys, Glyn (2012) Interactions between facial emotion and identity in face processing: evidence based on redundancy gains. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 74 (8). pp. 1692-1711. ISSN 1943-3921

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Abstract

Interactions between the processing of emotion expression and form-based information from faces (facial identity) were investigated using the redundant-target paradigm, in which we specifically tested whether identity and emotional expression are integrated in a superadditive manner (Miller, Cognitive Psychology 14:247–279, 1982). In Experiments 1 and 2, participants performed emotion and face identity judgments on faces with sad or angry emotional expressions. Responses to redundant targets were faster than responses to either single target when a universal emotion was conveyed, and performance violated the predictions from a model assuming independent processing of emotion and face identity. Experiment 4 showed that these effects were not modulated by varying interstimulus and nontarget contingencies, and Experiment 5 demonstrated that the redundancy gains were eliminated when faces were inverted. Taken together, these results suggest that the identification of emotion and facial identity interact in face processing.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 12:58
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 08:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53744

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