publication . Other literature type . Article . 2012

Micro-valences: perceiving affective valence in everyday objects

Moshe Bar;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Apr 2012
  • Publisher: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Country: United States
Affective valence influences both our cognition and our perception of the world. Indeed, the speed and quality with which we recognize objects in a visual scene can vary dramatically depending on its affective content. However, affective processing of visual objects has been typically studied using only stimuli with strong affective valences (e.g., guns or roses). Here we explore whether affective valence must be strong or obvious to exert an effect on our perception. We conclude that the majority of objects carry some affective valence (micro-valences) and, thus, nominally neutral objects are not really neutral. Functionally, the perception of valence in everyd...
free text keywords: 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified, FOS: Psychology, Psychology, affective valence, visual object perception, object recognition, micro-valence, object preference, Perspective Article, BF1-990, General Psychology
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