Role of orientation in perception of emotions

Emese Nagy, Katherine A. Loveland, Peter Molnar

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Our study examined whether perception of novel emotions, as with perception of novel objects, elicits a cardiac orientation reaction. Using a habituation-dishabituation paradigm, data from 11 adult subjects showed that orientation to both novel emotions and novel objects elicited a heart-rate deceleration. Results suggest that the orientation reaction may be an integral part of perception of emotion. Perception of emotions, therefore, is a complex, multistep process that includes an early orientation reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems

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