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Emotion. 2012 Apr;12(2):314-25. doi: 10.1037/a0026007. Epub 2012 Feb 6.

Emotion words shape emotion percepts.

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Department of Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA. gendroma@bc.edu

Abstract

People believe they see emotion written on the faces of other people. In an instant, simple facial actions are transformed into information about another's emotional state. The present research examined whether a perceiver unknowingly contributes to emotion perception with emotion word knowledge. We present 2 studies that together support a role for emotion concepts in the formation of visual percepts of emotion. As predicted, we found that perceptual priming of emotional faces (e.g., a scowling face) was disrupted when the accessibility of a relevant emotion word (e.g., anger) was temporarily reduced, demonstrating that the exact same face was encoded differently when a word was accessible versus when it was not. The implications of these findings for a linguistically relative view of emotion perception are discussed.

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22309717
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PMC4445832
DOI:
10.1037/a0026007
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