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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940474/the-perception-of-naked-only-bodies-and-faceless-heads-relies-on-holistic-processing-evidence-from-the-inversion-effect
#1
Rob Bonemei, Andrea I Costantino, Ilenia Battistel, Davide Rivolta
Faces and bodies are more difficult to perceive when presented inverted than when presented upright (i.e., stimulus inversion effect), an effect that has been attributed to the disruption of holistic processing. The features that can trigger holistic processing in faces and bodies, however, still remain elusive. In this study, using a sequential matching task, we tested whether stimulus inversion affects various categories of visual stimuli: faces, faceless heads, faceless heads in body context, headless bodies naked, whole bodies naked, headless bodies clothed, and whole bodies clothed...
September 21, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940324/vividness-of-positive-mental-imagery-predicts-positive-emotional-response-to-visually-presented-project-soothe-pictures
#2
Alexander C Wilson, Matthias Schwannauer, Angela McLaughlin, Fiona Ashworth, Stella W Y Chan
Lang's bioinformational theory of mental imagery proposes that mental imagery and external stimuli engage emotional information-processing systems in similar ways. However, the positive and negative systems are thought to be distinct, so this similarity is likely to show a valence-specific effect. Therefore, we hypothesized that an individual's ability to construct vivid positive, but not negative, mental imagery would predict positive emotional responding to positive visual stimuli, independently of depressive symptoms...
September 20, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929488/should-i-just-listen-to-you-or-change-your-mind-too-target-s-perceived-efficacy-of-agents-interpersonal-affect-improvement-strategies
#3
Belén López-Pérez
People shape and influence others' emotions every day. If these attempts are perceived as successful, they may have a positive effect on people's relationships and well-being. Across two studies, targets' perceived efficacy of regulation strategies to improve their sadness and anxiety/stress has been investigated. In Study 1, participants (n = 120) were provided with two scenarios depicting sadness and anxiety/stress and asked to imagine themselves in these situations. Afterwards, they were provided with different regulation strategies and asked to rate their perceived efficacy to downregulate their sadness and anxiety...
September 19, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895129/the-role-of-sustained-attention-maternal-sensitivity-and-infant-temperament-in-the-development-of-early-self-regulation
#4
Matilda A Frick, Tommie Forslund, Mari Fransson, Maria Johansson, Gunilla Bohlin, Karin C Brocki
This study investigated infant predictors of early cognitive and emotional self-regulation from an intrinsic and caregiving environmental perspective. Sustained attention, reactive aspects of infant temperament, and maternal sensitivity were assessed at 10 months (n = 124) and early self-regulation (including executive functions, EF, and emotion regulation) was assessed at 18 months. The results indicated that sustained attention predicted early EF, which provide empirical support for the hierarchical framework of EF development, advocating early attention as a foundation for the development of cognitive self-regulation...
September 12, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872661/the-kent-face-matching-test
#5
Matthew C Fysh, Markus Bindemann
This study presents the Kent Face Matching Test (KFMT), which comprises 200 same-identity and 20 different-identity pairs of unfamiliar faces. Each face pair consists of a photograph from a student ID card and a high-quality portrait that was taken at least three months later. The test is designed to complement existing resources for face-matching research, by providing a more ecologically valid stimulus set that captures the natural variability that can arise in a person's appearance over time. Two experiments are presented to demonstrate that the KFMT provides a challenging measure of face matching but correlates with established tests...
September 5, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872657/how-intention-and-monitoring-your-thoughts-influence-characteristics-of-autobiographical-memories
#6
Krystian Barzykowski, Søren Risløv Staugaard
Involuntary autobiographical memories come to mind effortlessly and unintended, but the mechanisms of their retrieval are not fully understood. We hypothesize that involuntary retrieval depends on memories that are highly accessible (e.g., intense, unusual, recent, rehearsed), while the elaborate search that characterizes voluntary retrieval also produces memories that are mundane, repeated or distant - memories with low accessibility. Previous research provides some evidence for this 'threshold hypothesis'...
September 5, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805247/beauty-in-the-blink-of-an-eye-the-time-course-of-aesthetic-experiences
#7
San Verhavert, Johan Wagemans, M Dorothee Augustin
Under normal circumstances, perception runs very fast and seemingly automatic. In just a few ms, we go from sensory features to perceiving objects. This fast time course does not only apply to general perceptual aspects but also to what we call higher-level judgements. Inspired by the study on 'very first impressions' by Bar, Neta, and Linz (2006, Emotion, 6, 269) the current research examined the speed and time course of three aspects of the aesthetic experience, namely beauty, specialness, and impressiveness...
August 14, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722199/facial-expression-coding-in-children-and-adolescents-with-autism-reduced-adaptability-but-intact-norm-based-coding
#8
Gillian Rhodes, Nichola Burton, Linda Jeffery, Ainsley Read, Libby Taylor, Louise Ewing
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can have difficulty recognizing emotional expressions. Here, we asked whether the underlying perceptual coding of expression is disrupted. Typical individuals code expression relative to a perceptual (average) norm that is continuously updated by experience. This adaptability of face-coding mechanisms has been linked to performance on various face tasks. We used an adaptation aftereffect paradigm to characterize expression coding in children and adolescents with autism...
July 19, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677916/conspiracy-suspicions-as-a-proxy-for-beliefs-in-conspiracy-theories-implications-for-theory-and-measurement
#9
Michael J Wood
Research on the psychology of conspiracy theories has shown recent steps towards a standardization of measures. The present article seeks to continue that trend by presenting the Flexible Inventory of Conspiracy Suspicions (FICS), a questionnaire template that can be adapted to measure suspicions of a conspiracy around nearly any topic of public interest. Compared to conspiracy belief measures that ask about specific theories on a given topic, the FICS is worded in such a way as to provide relatively stable validity across time and cultural context...
August 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105654/development-of-anti-immigrant-attitudes-in-adolescence-the-role-of-parents-peers-intergroup-friendships-and-empathy
#10
Marta Miklikowska
Ethnic and racial intergroup attitudes are assumed to develop due to the influence of socialization contexts. However, there is still little longitudinal evidence supporting this claim. We also know little about the relative importance of socialization contexts, the possible interplay between them as well as about the conditions and mechanisms that might underlie socialization effects. This longitudinal study of adolescents (N = 517) examined the effects of parents and peers' anti-immigrant attitudes as well as intergroup friendships on relative changes in adolescents' anti-immigrant prejudice, controlling for the effects of socioeconomic background...
August 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786354/what-stroop-tasks-can-tell-us-about-selective-attention-from-childhood-to-adulthood
#11
Barlow C Wright
A rich body of research concerns causes of Stroop effects plus applications of Stroop. However, several questions remain. We included assessment of errors with children and adults (N = 316), who sat either a task wherein each block employed only trials of one type (unmixed task) or where every block comprised of a mix of the congruent, neutral, and incongruent trials. Children responded slower than adults and made more errors on each task. Contrary to some previous studies, interference (the difference between neutral and incongruent condition) showed no reaction time (RT) differences by group or task, although there were differences in errors...
August 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753063/understanding-the-psychology-of-mobile-gambling-a-behavioural-synthesis
#12
Richard J E James, Claire O'Malley, Richard J Tunney
This manuscript reviews the extant literature on key issues related to mobile gambling and considers whether the potential risks of harm emerging from this platform are driven by pre-existing comorbidities or by psychological processes unique to mobile gambling. We propose an account based on associative learning that suggests this form of gambling is likely to show distinctive features compared with other gambling technologies. Smartphones are a rapidly growing platform on which individuals can gamble using specifically designed applications, adapted websites or text messaging...
August 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27620075/learning-style-judgements-of-learning-and-learning-of-verbal-and-visual-information
#13
Abby R Knoll, Hajime Otani, Reid L Skeel, K Roger Van Horn
The concept of learning style is immensely popular despite the lack of evidence showing that learning style influences performance. This study tested the hypothesis that the popularity of learning style is maintained because it is associated with subjective aspects of learning, such as judgements of learning (JOLs). Preference for verbal and visual information was assessed using the revised Verbalizer-Visualizer Questionnaire (VVQ). Then, participants studied a list of word pairs and a list of picture pairs, making JOLs (immediate, delayed, and global) while studying each list...
August 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657648/perceptual-flexibility-is-coupled-with-reduced-executive-inhibition-in-students-of-the-visual-arts
#14
Rebecca Chamberlain, Lena Swinnen, Sarah Heeren, Johan Wagemans
Artists often report that seeing familiar stimuli in novel and interesting ways plays a role in visual art creation. However, the attentional mechanisms which underpin this ability have yet to be fully investigated. More specifically, it is unclear whether the ability to reinterpret visual stimuli in novel and interesting ways is facilitated by endogenously generated switches of attention, and whether it is linked in turn to executive functions such as inhibition and response switching. To address this issue, the current study explored ambiguous figure reversal and executive function in a sample of undergraduate students studying arts and non-art subjects (N = 141)...
June 28, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632335/to-brexit-or-not-to-brexit-the-roles-of-islamophobia-conspiracist-beliefs-and-integrated-threat-in-voting-intentions-for-the-united-kingdom-european-union-membership-referendum
#15
Viren Swami, David Barron, Laura Weis, Adrian Furnham
We used an identities approach to examine voting intentions in the June 2016 UK referendum on membership of the European Union (EU). In April 2016, 303 British adults (58.7% women, age M = 34.73) indicated their voting intentions for the referendum and completed measures of identification with the national in-group, perceived threat from Muslim immigrants, belief in Islamophobic conspiracy narratives, Islamophobia, general conspiracist beliefs, ambiguity tolerance, and belief in a clash of civilizations. Path and mediation analyses indicated that greater belief in Islamophobic conspiracy theories mediated the link between Islamophobia and intention to vote to leave...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556198/can-bottom-up-processes-of-attention-be-a-source-of-interference-in%C3%A2-situations-where-top-down-control-of-attention-is-crucial
#16
Dritan Nikolla, Graham Edgar, Dianne Catherwood, Tristan Matthews
In this study, we investigate whether emotionally engaged bottom-up processes of attention can be a source of 'interference' in situations where top-down control of attention is necessary. Participants were asked to monitor and report on a video of a war scenario showing a developing battle in two conditions: emotionally positive and emotionally negative. Half of the participants (n = 15) were exposed to task-irrelevant pictures of positive emotional valence embedded within the scenario; the other half were exposed to task-irrelevant pictures of negative emotional valence...
May 29, 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369841/attentional-capture-in-driving-displays
#17
Mahé Arexis, François Maquestiaux, Nicholas Gaspelin, Eric Ruthruff, André Didierjean
Drivers face frequent distraction on the roadways, but little is known about situations placing them at risk of misallocating visual attention. To investigate this issue, we asked participants to search for a red target embedded within simulated driving scenes (photographs taken from inside a car) in three experiments. Distraction was induced by presenting, via a GPS unit, red or green distractors positioned in an irrelevant location at which the target never appeared. If the salient distractor captures attention, visual search should be slower on distractor-present trials than distractor-absent trials...
May 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27443971/facial-first-impressions-from-another-angle-how-social-judgements-are-influenced-by-changeable-and-invariant-facial-properties
#18
Clare A M Sutherland, Andrew W Young, Gillian Rhodes
First impressions made to photographs of faces can depend as much on momentary characteristics of the photographed image (within-person variability) as on consistent properties of the face of the person depicted (between-person variability). Here, we examine two important sources of within-person variability: emotional expression and viewpoint. We find more within-person variability than between-person variability for social impressions of key traits of trustworthiness, dominance, and attractiveness, which index the main dimensions in theoretical models of facial impressions...
May 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27426072/altruism-predicts-mating-success-in-humans
#19
Steven Arnocky, Tina Piché, Graham Albert, Danielle Ouellette, Pat Barclay
In order for non-kin altruism to evolve, altruists must receive fitness benefits for their actions that outweigh the costs. Several researchers have suggested that altruism is a costly signal of desirable qualities, such that it could have evolved by sexual selection. In two studies, we show that altruism is broadly linked with mating success. In Study 1, participants who scored higher on a self-report altruism measure reported they were more desirable to the opposite sex, as well as reported having more sex partners, more casual sex partners, and having sex more often within relationships...
May 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27381170/dressing-up-posture-the-interactive-effects-of-posture-and-clothing-on-competency-judgements
#20
Daniel J Gurney, Neil Howlett, Karen Pine, Megan Tracey, Rachel Moggridge
Individuals often receive judgements from others based on their clothing and their posture. While both of these factors have been found to influence judgements of competency independently, their relative importance in impression formation is yet to be investigated. We address this by examining interactive effects of posture and clothing on four competency measures: confidence, professionalism, approachability, and likeliness of a high salary. Participants rated photographs of both male and female models pictured in different postures (strong, neutral, weak) in smart clothing (a suit for males; both a trouser suit and skirt suit for females) and casual clothing...
May 2017: British Journal of Psychology
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