The Functional Role of the Periphery in Emotional Language Comprehension

  title={The Functional Role of the Periphery in Emotional Language Comprehension},
  author={David Havas and James Matheson},
  booktitle={Front. Psychol.},
Language can impact emotion, even when it makes no reference to emotion states. For example, reading sentences with positive meanings ("The water park is refreshing on the hot summer day") induces patterns of facial feedback congruent with the sentence emotionality (smiling), whereas sentences with negative meanings induce a frown. Moreover, blocking facial afference with botox selectively slows comprehension of emotional sentences. Therefore, theories of cognition should account for emotion… CONTINUE READING
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