Beyond face value: involuntary emotional anticipation in typical development and Asperger's syndrome

Palumbo, Letizia

Psychology
March 2012

Thesis or dissertation


Rights
© 2012 Letizia Palumbo. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.
Abstract

Understanding and anticipating the behavior and associated mental/emotional states of mind of others is crucial for successful social interactions. Typically developed (TD) humans rely on the processing and integration of social cues that accompany other’s actions to make, either implicitly or explicitly, inferences about others’ mental states. Interestingly, the attribution of affective or mental states to the agent can in turn (top down) induce distortions in the visual perception of those actions (Hudson, Liu, & Jellema, 2009; Hudson & Jellema, 2011; Jellema, Pecchinenda, Palumbo, & Tan, 2011). The aim of this thesis was to investigate bottom-up and top-down influences on distortions in the perception of dynamic facial expressions and to explore the role those biases may play in action/emotion understanding.

Publisher
Department of Psychology, The University of Hull
Supervisor
Jellema, Tjeerd
Qualification level
Doctoral
Qualification name
PhD
Language
English
Extent
Filesize: 4 MB
Identifier
hull:6229
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