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Proc Biol Sci. 2015 Apr 22;282(1805). pii: 20140690. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0690.

Post-determined emotion: motor action retrospectively modulates emotional valence of visual images.

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1
Graduate School of Human-Environment Studies, Kyushu University, 6-19-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan k-ssk@kyudai.jp.
2
Faculty of Arts and Science, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan.
3
Faculty of Human-Environment Studies, Kyushu University, 6-19-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan.

Abstract

Upward and downward motor actions influence subsequent and ongoing emotional processing in accordance with a space-valence metaphor: positive is up/negative is down. In this study, we examined whether upward and downward motor actions could also affect previous emotional processing. Participants were shown an emotional image on a touch screen. After the image disappeared, they were required to drag a centrally located dot towards a cued area, which was either in the upper or lower portion of the screen. They were then asked to rate the emotional valence of the image using a 7-point scale. We found that the emotional valence of the image was more positive when the cued area was located in the upper portion of the screen. However, this was the case only when the dragging action was required immediately after the image had disappeared. Our findings suggest that when somatic information that is metaphorically associated with an emotion is linked temporally with a visual event, retrospective emotional integration between the visual and somatic events occurs.

KEYWORDS:

embodied cognition; emotion; mental metaphor; postdiction

PMID:
25808884
PMCID:
PMC4389601
DOI:
10.1098/rspb.2014.0690
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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