Do Happy Faces Capture Attention? The Happiness Superiority Effect in Attentional Blink

Shiho Miyazawa, Syoichi Iwasaki

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Abstract

This study investigated the influence of positive affect on attentional blink (AB) with schematic faces. Results of Experiment 1 showed that the AB effect was smaller for both upright and inverted positive face icons than other face icons (neutral and angry faces) of corresponding orientations, confirming and extending the results of the earlier study by Mack, Pappas, Silverman, and Gay (2002). Results of Experiment 2 demonstrated that this attenuation of AB was unlikely to be attributable to attentional capture by the happy face. Perceptual saliency is suggested as a likely cause of the effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)712-716
Number of pages5
JournalEmotion
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct

Keywords

  • Affective valence
  • Attentional blink
  • Facial expression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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