You’re the emotional one: the role of perspective for emotion processing in reading comprehension

Child, Scarlett, Oakhill, Jane and Garnham, Alan (2018) You’re the emotional one: the role of perspective for emotion processing in reading comprehension. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. ISSN 2327-3798 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Two experiments were conducted to explore whether perspective influences the way readers engage with and process emotional information while reading. Texts presenting characters in an emotional situation from either a personal or an onlooker perspective were presented and reading times were measured for each sentence. Participants also provided emotional self-ratings after reading. In the first experiment, positive texts were processed with greater ease, especially when readers experienced the texts from a personal perspective. In Experiment 2, an emotional match/mismatch was inserted so that a final explicit emotion word either matched or mismatched the emotional valence of the text. Mismatch effects were stronger and more consistent for the personal perspective. The two experiments provide evidence that the perspective of the reader can influence emotion processing. Processing of emotional information was easier for the personal perspective, and readers were more sensitive to inconsistent emotional information from that perspective.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: reading, comprehension, emotion, perspective, pronouns
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Ellena Adams
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 11:31
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 11:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/72699

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