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Negative emotionality influences the effects of emotion on time perception

Tipples, Jason


Jason Tipples


In this study I used a temporal bisection task to test if greater overestimation of time due to negative emotion is moderated by individual differences in negative emotionality. The effects of fearful facial expressions on time perception were also examined. After a training phase, participants estimated the duration of facial expressions (anger, happiness, fearfulness) and a neutral-baseline facial expression. In accordance to the operation of an arousal-based process, the duration of angry expressions was consistently overestimated relative to other expressions and the baseline condition. In support of a role for individual differences in negative emotionality on time perception, temporal bias due to angry and fearful expressions was positively correlated to individual differences in self-reported negative emotionality. The results are discussed in relation both to the literature on attentional bias to facial expressions in anxiety and fearfulness and also, to the hypothesis that angry expressions evoke a fear-specific response. © 2008 American Psychological Association.


Tipples, J. (2008). Negative emotionality influences the effects of emotion on time perception. Emotion, 8(1), 127-131.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2008
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Apr 13, 2018
Journal Emotion
Print ISSN 1528-3542
Electronic ISSN 1528-3542
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 1
Pages 127-131
Keywords General psychology
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