Search asymmetries with real faces: testing the anger-superiority effect.

@article{Horstmann2006SearchAW,
  title={Search asymmetries with real faces: testing the anger-superiority effect.},
  author={Gernot Horstmann and Andrea Bauland},
  journal={Emotion},
  year={2006},
  volume={6 2},
  pages={193-207}
}
The anger-superiority hypothesis states that angry faces are detected more efficiently than friendly faces. Previously research used schematized stimuli, which minimizes perceptual confounds, but violates ecological validity. The authors argue that a confounding of appearance and meaning is unavoidable and even unproblematic if real faces are presented. Four experiments tested carefully controlled photos in a search-asymmetry design. Experiments 1 and 2 revealed more efficient detection of an… CONTINUE READING

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