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Sweet Emotion: The Role of Odor-induced Context in the Search Advantage for Happy Facial Expressions.

Damjanovic, L, Wilkinson, H and Lloyd, J (2017) Sweet Emotion: The Role of Odor-induced Context in the Search Advantage for Happy Facial Expressions. Chemical Senses. ISSN 1464-3553

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Abstract

The current study investigated the extent to which the concurrent presentation of pleasant and unpleasant odors could modulate the perceptual saliency of happy facial expressions in an emotional visual search task. Whilst a search advantage for happy faces was found in the no odor and unpleasant odor conditions, it was abolished under the pleasant odor condition. Furthermore, phasic properties of visual search performance revealed the malleable nature of this happiness advantage. Specifically, attention towards happy faces was optimized at the start of the visual search task for participants presented with pleasant odors, but diminished towards the end. This pattern was reversed for participants in the unpleasant odor condition. These patterns occur through the emotion-inducing capacities of odors and highlight the circumstances in which top-down factors can override perceptually salient facial features in emotional visual search.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Chemical Senses following peer review. The version of record Ljubica Damjanovic, Heather Wilkinson, Julie Lloyd; Sweet Emotion: The Role of Odor-induced Context in the Search Advantage for Happy Facial Expressions, Chemical Senses, , bjx081, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/chemse/bjx081
Uncontrolled Keywords: 06 Biological Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
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Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 10:11
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2018 10:11
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/chemse/bjx081
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7915

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