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Incidental retrieval of prior emotion mimicry.

Pawling, R and Kirkham, AJ and Hayes, AE and Tipper, SP (2017) Incidental retrieval of prior emotion mimicry. Experimental Brain Research, 235 (4). pp. 1173-1184. ISSN 0014-4819

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Abstract

When observing emotional expressions, similar sensorimotor states are activated in the observer, often resulting in physical mimicry. For example, when observing a smile, the zygomaticus muscles associated with smiling are activated in the observer, and when observing a frown, the corrugator brow muscles. We show that the consistency of an individual's facial emotion, whether they always frown or smile, can be encoded into memory. When the individuals are viewed at a later time expressing no emotion, muscle mimicry of the prior state can be detected, even when the emotion itself is task irrelevant. The results support simulation accounts of memory, where prior embodiments of other's states during encoding are reactivated when re-encountering a person.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00221-017-4882-y
Uncontrolled Keywords: 11 Medical And Health Sciences, 17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Springer
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 08:52
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2017 22:18
DOI or Identification number: 10.1007/s00221-017-4882-y
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6290

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