Emotional aperture across east and west : How culture shapes the perception of collective affect

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Yang, Ying, Hong, Ying-yi and Sanchez-Burks, Jeffrey. (2019). Emotional aperture across east and west : How culture shapes the perception of collective affect. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 50(6), pp. 751-762. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022119846412
AuthorsYang, Ying, Hong, Ying-yi and Sanchez-Burks, Jeffrey
Abstract

Quickly and accurately recognizing emotional cues in a collective, referred to as emotional aperture, has been posited to be important for navigating social contexts. This ability, therefore, may be particularly strong among those who live within culturally situated collectivist contexts. In this research, we examined evidence for this variability in recognizing collective emotions across cultures by comparing Chinese and Americans’ performance on an emotional aperture task. We found that Chinese were indeed more accurate in recognizing collective emotions as compared with Americans. This was mediated by cultural variability in global (vs. local) processing. We discuss how these findings contribute to our understanding of culture and collective emotion perception.

Keywordsemotional aperture; collective emotions; emotion recognition; culture; global processing; local processing
Year2019
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Journal citation50 (6), pp. 751-762
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
ISSN0022-0221
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022119846412
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85067601557
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Page range751-762
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