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Processing Fluency and Aesthetic Pleasure: Is Beauty in the Perceiver's Processing Experience?
This work proposes that aesthetic pleasure is a funnction of the perceiver's processing dynamics: the more fluently perceivers can process an object, the more positive their aesthetic response, and reviews variables known to influence aesthetic judgments, and traces their effects to changes in processing fluency. Expand
Effects of Perceptual Fluency on Affective Judgments
According to a two-step account of the mere-exposure effect, repeated exposure leads to the subjective feeling of perceptual fluency, which in turn influences liking. If so, perceptual fluencyExpand
Puzzlingly High Correlations in fMRI Studies of Emotion, Personality, and Social Cognition 1
It is argued that, in some cases, other analysis problems likely created entirely spurious correlations and the data from these studies could be reanalyzed with unbiased methods to provide accurate estimates of the correlations in question and urge authors to perform such reanalyses. Expand
Mind at ease puts a smile on the face: psychophysiological evidence that processing facilitation elicits positive affect.
The authors predicted that facilitation of stimulus processing should elicit a brief, mild, positive affective response, and the findings suggest a close link between processing dynamics and affect and may help understand several preference phenomena, including the mere-exposure effect. Expand
Embodiment in Attitudes, Social Perception, and Emotion
This work proposes that theories of embodied cognition, such as the Perceptual Symbol Systems (PSS) account (Barsalou, 1999), explain and integrate findings, and shows how the PSS account addresses criticisms that have previously posed problems for the general embodiment approach. Expand
When the social mirror breaks: deficits in automatic, but not voluntary, mimicry of emotional facial expressions in autism.
The data suggest that autism is associated with an impairment of a basic automatic social-emotion process, including establishment of interpersonal rapport and understanding of other minds, in disorders such as autism characterized by socio-emotional and communicative deficits. Expand
Unconscious Affective Reactions to Masked Happy Versus Angry Faces Influence Consumption Behavior and Judgments of Value
The results suggest that basic affective reactions can be unconscious and interact with incentive motivation to influence assessment of value and behavior toward valenced objects. Expand
Face to face: Blocking facial mimicry can selectively impair recognition of emotional expressions
It is suggested that facial mimicry differentially contributes to recognition of specific facial expressions, thus allowing for more refined predictions from embodied cognition theories. Expand
Modulating social behavior with oxytocin: How does it work? What does it mean?
Using several influential studies, it is shown how seemingly specific, higher-level social-cognitive effects can emerge via a process by which oxytocin's broad influence is channeled into a specific social behavior in a context of an appropriate social and research setting. Expand