The effect of poser race on the happy categorization advantage depends on stimulus type, set size, and presentation duration

Belinda M. Craig*, Kimberley M. Mallan, Ottmar V. Lipp

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Abstract

The question as to whether poser race affects the happy categorization advantage, the faster categorization of happy than of negative emotional expressions, has been answered inconsistently. Hugenberg (2005) found the happy categorization advantage only for own race faces whereas faster categorization of angry expressions was evident for other race faces. Kubota and Ito (2007) found a happy categorization advantage for both own race and other race faces. These results have vastly different implications for understanding the influence of race cues on the processing of emotional expressions. The current study replicates the results of both prior studies and indicates that face type (computer-generated vs. photographic), presentation duration, and especially stimulus set size influence the happy categorization advantage as well as the moderating effect of poser race.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1303-1314
Number of pages12
JournalEmotion
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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