The perception of visual emotion: Comparing different measures of awareness

Remigiusz Szczepanowski , Jakub Traczyk , Michał Wierzchoń , Axel Cleeremans


Here, we explore the sensitivity of different awareness scales in revealing conscious reports on visual emotion perception. Participants were exposed to a backward masking task involving fearful faces and asked to rate their conscious awareness in perceiving emotion in facial expression using three different subjective measures: confidence ratings (CRs), with the conventional taxonomy of certainty, the perceptual awareness scale (PAS), through which participants categorize ‘‘raw’’ visual experience, and post-decision wager- ing (PDW), which involves economic categorization. Our results show that the CR measure was the most exhaustive and the most graded. In contrast, the PAS and PDW measures sug- gested instead that consciousness of emotional stimuli is dichotomous. Possible explana- tions of the inconsistency were discussed. Finally, our results also indicate that PDW biases awareness ratings by enhancing first-order accuracy of emotion perception. This effect was possibly a result of higher motivation induced by monetary incentives.
Author Remigiusz Szczepanowski (Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu)
Remigiusz Szczepanowski,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu
, Jakub Traczyk (Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu)
Jakub Traczyk,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu
, Michał Wierzchoń
Michał Wierzchoń,,
, Axel Cleeremans
Axel Cleeremans,,
Journal seriesConsciousness and Cognition: An International Journal, ISSN 1053-8100, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2013
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ASJC Classification1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); 3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology; 3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Languageen angielski
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