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Article: Arousal and emotional valence interact in written word recognition

TitleArousal and emotional valence interact in written word recognition
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherTaylor and Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/plcp20
Citation
Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 2014, p. 1-11 How to Cite?
AbstractBehavioural and neurophysiological studies reveal a prioritisation for emotional material during different cognitive tasks. Although emotion comprises two dimensions, i.e., valence and arousal, previous research has mostly focused on the former. This study aimed to investigate the effects of valence and arousal on lexical decision (LD) by manipulating both dimensions, while controlling correlated psycholinguistic variables (e.g., word length, frequency, imageability). Results showed that valence and arousal affect word recognition in an interactive way: LD latencies are slower for positive high-arousal and negative low-arousal words compared to positive low-arousal and negative high-arousal words, in line with an approach-withdrawal tendency model. Furthermore, principal component and regression analyses revealed a unique contribution of a cluster of emotion variables, independent of lexico-semantic variables, to explaining LD latencies. We conclude that emotional valence and arousal both need to be taken into account in studies of word processing as they show an interactive relationship.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198570

 

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dc.contributor.authorCitron, FFMen_US
dc.contributor.authorWeekes, BSen_US
dc.contributor.authorFerstl, ECen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-07T07:57:14Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-07T07:57:14Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience, 2014, p. 1-11en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198570-
dc.description.abstractBehavioural and neurophysiological studies reveal a prioritisation for emotional material during different cognitive tasks. Although emotion comprises two dimensions, i.e., valence and arousal, previous research has mostly focused on the former. This study aimed to investigate the effects of valence and arousal on lexical decision (LD) by manipulating both dimensions, while controlling correlated psycholinguistic variables (e.g., word length, frequency, imageability). Results showed that valence and arousal affect word recognition in an interactive way: LD latencies are slower for positive high-arousal and negative low-arousal words compared to positive low-arousal and negative high-arousal words, in line with an approach-withdrawal tendency model. Furthermore, principal component and regression analyses revealed a unique contribution of a cluster of emotion variables, independent of lexico-semantic variables, to explaining LD latencies. We conclude that emotional valence and arousal both need to be taken into account in studies of word processing as they show an interactive relationship.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherTaylor and Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/plcp20en_US
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscienceen_US
dc.titleArousal and emotional valence interact in written word recognitionen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailWeekes, BS: weekes@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityWeekes, BS=rp01390en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/23273798.2014.897734en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros230020en_US
dc.identifier.spage1en_US
dc.identifier.epage11en_US
dc.publisher.placeUKen_US

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