When does mimicry affect evaluative judgment?

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Foroni, Francesco and Semin, Gun R.. (2011) When does mimicry affect evaluative judgment? Emotion. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0023163
AuthorsForoni, Francesco and Semin, Gun R.
Abstract

We investigated the effect of subliminally presented happy or angry faces on evaluative judgments when the facial muscles of participants were free to mimic or blocked. We hypothesized and showed that subliminally presented happy expressions lead to more positive judgments of cartoons compared to angry expressions only when facial muscles were not blocked. These results reveal the influence of socially driven embodied processes on affective judgments and have also potential implications for phenomena such as emotional contagion.

Keywordsembodied cognition; emotion contagion; emotion mimicry; judgment; facial expressions; facial muscles
Year2011
JournalEmotion
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association
ISSN1528-3542
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1037/a0023163
Scopus EID2-s2.0-79959315364
Page range687 - 690
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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