Visual search of emotional faces: The role of affective content and featural distinctiveness

@inproceedings{Calvo2009VisualSO,
  title={Visual search of emotional faces: The role of affective content and featural distinctiveness},
  author={Manuel G. Calvo and Hip{\'o}lito Marrero},
  year={2009}
}
We investigated the source of the visual search advantage of some emotional facial expressions. An emotional face target (happy, surprised, disgusted, fearful, angry, or sad) was presented in an array of neutral faces. A faster detection was found for happy targets, with angry and, especially, sad targets being detected more poorly. Physical image properties (e.g., luminance) were ruled out as a potential source of these differences in visual search. In contrast, the search advantage is partly… CONTINUE READING

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