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Action valence and affective perception

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 January 2017

Walter Gerbino
Department of Life Sciences, Psychology Unit “Gaetano Kanizsa,” University of Trieste, 34128 Trieste, Italy. gerbino@units.itcfantoni@units.it
Carlo Fantoni
Department of Life Sciences, Psychology Unit “Gaetano Kanizsa,” University of Trieste, 34128 Trieste, Italy. gerbino@units.itcfantoni@units.it


Respecting all constraints proposed by Firestone & Scholl (F&S), we have shown that perceived facial expressions of emotion depend on the congruency between bodily action (comfort/discomfort) and target emotion (happiness/anger) valence. Our studies challenge any bold claim against penetrability of perception and suggest that perceptual theory can benefit from demonstrations of how – under controlled circumstances – observer's states can mold expressive qualities.

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