2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

Effects of Subliminal Affective Priming in an Emotional Valence Classification Task
Taylor K. Watson* and Nicholas D. Evans
Dr. Terry Palmer, Faculty Mentor

This study tests whether unrecognizable/undetectable facial expressions can nevertheless influence cognitive processing. On each trial, participants classified a target word as conveying either positive or negative emotions. Unbeknownst to these participants, each target word was preceded by a congruent or incongruent subliminal facial expression (happy or sad). Average response times to the congruent and incongruent trials were not statistically different. In contrast to several recent studies, these results suggest that, in the absence of consciousness, facial expressions fail to influence lexical processing.

Keywords: Affective priming, Facial processing , Emotional processing , Subliminal prime, Attention, Facial expression, Lexical decison task, Emotional valence

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 11-3
Location: GEO-SUB
Time: 3:30

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