publication . Article . 2013

Emotion words and categories: evidence from lexical decision

Scott, Graham; O'Donnell, Patrick; Sereno, Sara C.;
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  • Published: 21 Nov 2013 Journal: Cognitive Processing, volume 15, pages 209-215 (issn: 1612-4782, eissn: 1612-4790, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: India
We examined the categorical nature of emotion word recognition. Positive, negative, and neutral words were presented in lexical decision tasks. Word frequency was additionally manipulated. In Experiment 1, “positive” and “negative” categories of words were implicitly indicated by the blocked design employed. A significant emotion–frequency interaction was obtained, replicating past research. While positive words consistently elicited faster responses than neutral words, only low frequency negative words demonstrated a similar advantage. In Experiments 2a and 2b, explicit categories (“positive,” “negative,” and “household” items) were specified to participants. P...
free text keywords: Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, General Medicine, Word recognition, Cognitive psychology, Lexical decision task, Psychology, Word processing, Categorical variable, Social psychology, Word lists by frequency, Arousal, BF, Q1
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