The Role of Emotion in Face Recognition

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The Role of Emotion in Face Recognition

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dc.contributor.author Bate, Sarah en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-04T14:17:51Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T17:28:44Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T13:03:52Z
dc.date.issued 2008-10-31 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the role of emotion in face recognition, using measures of the visual scanpath as indicators of recognition. There are two key influences of emotion in face recognition: the emotional expression displayed upon a face, and the emotional feelings evoked within a perceiver in response to a familiar person. An initial set of studies examined these processes in healthy participants. First, positive emotional expressions were found to facilitate the processing of famous faces, and negative expressions facilitated the processing of novel faces. A second set of studies examined the role of emotional feelings in recognition. Positive feelings towards a face were also found to facilitate processing, in both an experimental study using newly learned faces and in the recognition of famous faces. A third set of studies using healthy participants examined the relative influences of emotional expression and emotional feelings in face recognition. For newly learned faces, positive expressions and positive feelings had a similar influence in recognition, with no presiding role of either dimension. However, emotional feelings had an influence over and above that of expression in the recognition of famous faces. A final study examined whether emotional valence could influence covert recognition in developmental prosopagnosia, and results suggested the patients process faces according to emotional valence rather than familiarity per se. Specifically, processing was facilitated for studied-positive faces compared to studied-neutral and novel faces, but impeded for studied-negative faces. This pattern of findings extends existing reports of a positive-facilitation effect in face recognition, and suggests there may be a closer relationship between facial familiarity and emotional valence than previously envisaged. The implications of these findings are discussed in relation to models of normal face recognition and theories of covert recognition in prosopagnosia. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship ESRC/MRC interdisciplinary studentship en_GB
dc.identifier.grantnumber PTA-037-2006-00006 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/51993 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.rights.embargoreason One of the papers presented in the thesis is currently in press and has not been published yet. en_GB
dc.subject emotion en_GB
dc.subject face recognition en_GB
dc.title The Role of Emotion in Face Recognition en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-03-04T14:17:51Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T17:28:44Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-21T13:03:52Z
dc.contributor.advisor Haslam, Catherine en_GB
dc.contributor.advisor Hodgson, Timothy en_GB
dc.publisher.department School of Psychology en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle PhD Psychology en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_GB


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