Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP) 2010

Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan
September 30-October 3, 2010

The Effects of Anxiety on the Perception of Emotion in the Face and Voice

Ai Koizumi (1), Akihiro Tanaka (2,4), Hisato Imai (3), Saori Hiramatsu (3), Eriko Hiramoto (3), Takao Sato (1), Beatrice de Gelder (4)

(1) Department of Psychology, The University of Tokyo, Japan
(2) Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University, Japan
(3) Department of Psychology, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, Japan
(4) Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Anxious individuals have been shown to be hyper-sensitive to cues for others’ negative emotional states. As most studies used facial expressions as emotional cues, we examined whether the trait anxiety affects the cross-modal perception of emotion in the face and voice that were simultaneously presented. The face and voice cues conveyed either matched (e.g., both positive) or mismatched emotions (e.g., positive face and negative voice). Participants indicated the perceived emotion in one of the cues, while ignoring the other. The results showed that highly anxious individuals, compared with low anxious ones, were less able to disregard the to-beignored negative cues and misinterpret the attended happy cues as negative. These results were found regardless of the cue modality. The trait anxiety may affect the integration of emotion in the face and voice.

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Bibliographic reference.  Koizumi, Ai / Tanaka, Akihiro / Imai, Hisato / Hiramatsu, Saori / Hiramoto, Eriko / Sato, Takao / Gelder, Beatrice de (2010): "The effects of anxiety on the perception of emotion in the face and voice", In AVSP-2010, paper P17.