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On the 'special' status of emotional faces... Comment on Yang, Hong, and Blake (2010)

Adams, W., Gray, K. L. H., Garner, M. and Graf, E. (2011) On the 'special' status of emotional faces... Comment on Yang, Hong, and Blake (2010). Journal of Vision, 11 (3). pp. 1-4. ISSN 1534-7362

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1167/11.3.10


A wealth of literature suggests that emotional faces are given special status as visual objects: Cognitive models suggest that emotional stimuli, particularly threat-relevant facial expressions such as fear and anger, are prioritized in visual processing and may be identified by a subcortical “quick and dirty” pathway in the absence of awareness (Tamietto & de Gelder, 2010). Both neuroimaging studies (Williams, Morris, McGlone, Abbott, & Mattingley, 2004) and backward masking studies (Whalen, Rauch, Etcoff, McInerney, & Lee, 1998) have supported the notion of emotion processing without awareness. Recently, our own group (Adams, Gray, Garner, & Graf, 2010) showed adaptation to emotional faces that were rendered invisible using a variant of binocular rivalry: continual flash suppression (CFS, Tsuchiya & Koch, 2005). Here we (i) respond to Yang, Hong, and Blake's (2010) criticisms of our adaptation paper and (ii) provide a unified account of adaptation to facial expression, identity, and gender, under conditions of unawareness

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:39470
Publisher:Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

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