publication . Article . 2015

Judged and remembered trustworthiness of faces is enhanced by experiencing multisensory synchrony and asynchrony in the right order

Hugo Toscano; Thomas Schubert; Thomas Schubert;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science
  • Country: Portugal
Abstract
This work builds on the enfacement effect. This effect occurs when experiencing a rhythmic stimulation on one's cheek while seeing someone else's face being touched in a synchronous way. This typically leads to cognitive and social-cognitive effects similar to self-other merging. In two studies, we demonstrate that this multisensory stimulation can change the evaluation of the other's face. In the first study, participants judged the stranger's face and similar faces as being more trustworthy after synchrony, but not after asynchrony. Synchrony interacted with the order of the stroking; hence trustworthiness only changed when the synchronous stimulation occurred...
Subjects
free text keywords: Enfacement, Face perception, Multisensory synchrony, Trustworthiness, :Ciências Naturais::Outras Ciências Naturais [Domínio/Área Científica], Research Article, Imitation, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Cognition, Asynchronous communication, Touch Perception, Cognitive psychology, Rhythm, Visual perception, Biology, lcsh:Medicine, lcsh:R, lcsh:Science, lcsh:Q
Funded by
FCT| UID/PSI/03125/2013
Project
UID/PSI/03125/2013
Center for Research and Social Intervention
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: 147229
  • Funding stream: 5876
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