Emotions and Assessments (01-23-20)

Gerger and colleagues studied how being exposed to images with more positive or more negative content influences aesthetic assessments.  They “presented emotion primes . . . consisting of either emotional faces or scenes, further subdivided in disgusting, fearful, neutral, or positive emotional content and tested how liking, valence, and arousal ratings of abstract patterns were affected. . . .  primes influenced ratings in an emotion congruent manner in both faces and emotional scenes. Stimuli were rated as more liked and positively valenced after positive primes and less liked/more negatively valenced after fear or disgust primes.”

Gernot Gerger, Matthew Pelowski, and Tomohiro Ishizu.  2019.  “Does Priming Negative Emotions Really Contribute to More Positive Aesthetic Judgments?  A Comparative Study of Emotion Priming Paradigms Using Emotional Faces Versus Emotional Scenes and Multiple Negative Emotions with fEMG.”  Emotion, vo. 19, no. 8, pp. 1396-1413, https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000528