Long-lasting effects of subliminal affective priming from facial expressions

Consciousness and Cognition 18 (4):929-938 (2009)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Unconscious processing of stimuli with emotional content can bias affective judgments. Is this subliminal affective priming merely a transient phenomenon manifested in fleeting perceptual changes, or are long-lasting effects also induced? To address this question, we investigated memory for surprise faces 24 h after they had been shown with 30-ms fearful, happy, or neutral faces. Surprise faces subliminally primed by happy faces were initially rated as more positive, and were later remembered better, than those primed by fearful or neutral faces. Participants likely to have processed primes supraliminally did not respond differentially as a function of expression. These results converge with findings showing memory advantages with happy expressions, though here the expressions were displayed on the face of a different person, perceived subliminally, and not present at test. We conclude that behavioral biases induced by masked emotional expressions are not ephemeral, but rather can last at least 24 h

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,389

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Processing Emotional Facial Expressions: The Role of Anxiety and Awareness.Elaine Fox - 2002 - Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience 2 (1):52-63.
From the Subliminal to the Ridiculous.Christopher French - 2009 - The Philosophers' Magazine 45 (45):87-91.
Psychophysical Studies of Expressions of Pain.Temre N. Davies & Donald D. Hoffman - 2002 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (4):458-459.
Machine Understanding of Facial Expression of Pain.Maja Pantic & Leon J. M. Rothkrantz - 2002 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (4):469-470.
What is Pain Facial Expression For?Nico H. Frijda - 2002 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (4):460-460.

Analytics

Added to PP
2010-08-24

Downloads
18 (#607,505)

6 months
1 (#415,900)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?