The role of orientation in perception of emotions

Emese Nagy (Lead / Corresponding author), Katherine Loveland, Peter Molnar

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Our study examined whether perception of novel emotions, as with perception of novel objects, elicits a cardiac orientation reaction. Using a habituation-dishabituation paradigm, data from 11 adult subjects showed that orientation to both novel emotions and novel objects elicited a heart-rate deceleration. Results suggest that the orientation reaction may be an integral part of perception of emotion. Perception of emotions, therefore, is a complex, multistep process that includes an early orientation reaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


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