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Social power and recognition of emotional prosody : High power is associated with lower recognition accuracy than low power

Uskul, Ayse K., Paulmann, Silke, Weick, Mario (2016) Social power and recognition of emotional prosody : High power is associated with lower recognition accuracy than low power. Emotion, 16 (1). pp. 11-15. ISSN 1528-3542. (doi:10.1037/emo0000110)

Abstract

Listeners have to pay close attention to a speaker’s tone of voice (prosody) during daily conversations. This is particularly important when trying to infer the emotional state of the speaker. While a growing body of research has explored how emotions are processed from speech in general, little is known about how psycho-social factors such as social power can shape the perception of vocal emotional attributes. Thus, the present studies explored how social power affects emotional prosody recognition. In a correlational (Study 1) and an experimental study (Study 2), we show that high power is associated with lower accuracy in emotional prosody recognition than low power. These results, for the first time, suggest that individuals experiencing high or low power perceive emotional language differently.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/emo0000110
Uncontrolled keywords: emotional prosody recognition, social power
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Ayse K. Uskul
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2015 11:53 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/49512 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Weick, Mario: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7809-3003
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