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Sensitivity to Spatiotemporal Percepts Predicts the Perception of Emotion

Castro, Vanessa ; Boone, R.

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 2015, Vol.39(3), pp.215-240 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Sensitivity to Spatiotemporal Percepts Predicts the Perception of Emotion
  • Author/Creator: Castro, Vanessa ; Boone, R.
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Emotion perception ; Emotion recognition ; Rhythm ; Angularity ; Force ; Spatiotemporal percept
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 2015, Vol.39(3), pp.215-240
  • Description: The present studies examined how sensitivity to spatiotemporal percepts such as rhythm, angularity, configuration, and force predicts accuracy in perceiving emotion. In Study 1, participants ( N  = 99) completed a nonverbal test battery consisting of three nonverbal emotion perception tests and two perceptual sensitivity tasks assessing rhythm sensitivity and angularity sensitivity. Study 2 ( N  = 101) extended the findings of Study 1 with the addition of a fourth nonverbal test, a third configural sensitivity task, and a fourth force sensitivity task. Regression analyses across both studies revealed partial support for the association between perceptual sensitivity to spatiotemporal percepts and greater emotion perception accuracy. Results indicate that accuracy in perceiving emotions may be predicted by sensitivity to specific percepts embedded within channel- and emotion-specific displays. The significance of such research lies in the understanding of how individuals acquire emotion perception skill and the processes by which distinct features of percepts are related to the perception of emotion.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0191-5886 ; E-ISSN: 1573-3653 ; DOI: 10.1007/s10919-015-0208-6