Nonverbal emotion priming: Evidence from the 'Facial Affect Decision Task'

by Marc D. Pell
Journal of Nonverbal Behavior ()


Affective associations between a speaker’s voice (emotional prosody) and a facial expression were investigated using a new on-line procedure, the Facial Affect Decision Task (FADT). Faces depicting one of four ‘basic’ emotions were paired with utterances conveying an emotionally-related or unrelated pros- ody, followed by a yes/no judgement of the face as a ‘true’ exemplar of emotion. Results established that prosodic characteristics facilitate the accuracy and speed of decisions about an emotionally congruent target face, supplying empirical sup- port for the idea that information about discrete emotions is shared across major nonverbal channels. The FADT represents a promising tool for future on-line stud- ies of nonverbal processing in both healthy and disordered individuals.

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