Well, slap my high: Expression of surprise facilitates memory of surprising material

Michał Parzuchowski , Aleksandra Szymków-Sudziarska

Abstract

Two studies examined the general prediction that one’s emotional expression should facilitate memory for material that matches the expression. The authors focused on specific facial expressions of surprise. In the first study, participants who were mimicking a surprised expression showed better recall for the surprising words and worse recall for neutral words, relative to those who were mimicking a neutral expression. Study 2 replicated the results of Study 1, showing that participants who mimicked a surprised expression recalled more words spoken in a surprising manner compared with those that sounded neutral or sad. Conversely, participants who mimicked sad facial expressions showed greater recall for sad than neutral or surprising words. The results provide evidence of the importance of matching the emotional valence of the recall content to the facial expression of the recaller during the memorization period. 
Author Michał Parzuchowski (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Michał Parzuchowski,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Aleksandra Szymków-Sudziarska (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Aleksandra Szymków-Sudziarska,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
Journal seriesEmotion, ISSN 1528-3542, (A 40 pkt)
Issue year2008
Vol8
Pages430-434
Publication size in sheets0
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
DOIDOI:10.1037/1528-3542.8.3.430
URL http://cjcertus.nazwa.pl/mitmi/publikacje/parzuchowski_szymkow-sudziarska.pdf
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2008 = 1.815; WoS Impact Factor: 2008 = 3.073 (2) - 2009=4.877 (5)
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