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Emotional actions are coded via two mechanisms : with and without identity representation

Wincenciak, Joanna; Ingham, Jennie; Jellema, Tjeerd; Barraclough, Nick E.

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Joanna Wincenciak

Jennie Ingham

Nick E. Barraclough



Abstract

Accurate perception of an individual’s identity and emotion derived from their actions and behavior is essential for successful social functioning. Here we determined the role of identity in the representation of emotional whole-body actions using visual adaptation paradigms. Participants adapted to actors performing different whole-body actions in a happy and sad fashion. Following adaptation subsequent neutral actions appeared to convey the opposite emotion.We demonstrate two different emotional action aftereffects showing distinctive adaptation characteristics. For one short-lived aftereffect, adaptation to the emotion expressed by an individual resulted in biases in the perception of the expression of emotion by other individuals, indicating an identity-independent representation of emotional actions. A second, longer lasting, aftereffect was observed where adaptation to the emotion expressed by an individual resulted in longer-term biases in the perception of the expressions of emotion only by the same individual; this indicated an additional identity-dependent representation of emotional actions. Together, the presence of these two aftereffects indicates the existence of two mechanisms for coding emotional actions, only one of which takes into account the actor’s identity. The results that we observe might parallel processing of emotion from face and voice.

Citation

Wincenciak, J., Ingham, J., Jellema, T., & Barraclough, N. E. (2016). Emotional actions are coded via two mechanisms : with and without identity representation. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 693-1-693-13. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00693

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 25, 2016
Online Publication Date May 11, 2016
Publication Date May 11, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 12, 2016
Journal Frontiers in psychology
Electronic ISSN 1664-1078
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Pages 693-1-693-13
DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00693
Keywords Action perception; Emotion; Adaptation; Social perception; Social cognition
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/444075
Publisher URL http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00693/full
Additional Information This is a copy of an open access article published in Frontiers in Psychology, 2016, v.7.

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