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Anger as Seeing Red: Perceptual Sources of Evidence

Fetterman, Adam K and Robinson, Michael D and Gordon, Robert D and Elliot, Andrew J (2011) 'Anger as Seeing Red: Perceptual Sources of Evidence.' Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2 (3). pp. 311-316. ISSN 1948-5506

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Abstract

A class of metaphors links the experience of anger to perceptions of redness. Whether such metaphors have significant implications for understanding perception is not known. In Experiment 1, anger (versus sadness) concepts were primed and it was found that priming anger concepts led individuals to be more likely to perceive the color red. In Experiment 2, anger states were directly manipulated, and it was found that evoking anger led individuals to be more likely to perceive red. Both experiments showed that the observed effects were independent of the actual color presented. These findings extend the New Look, perceptual, metaphoric, and social cognitive literatures. Most important, the results suggest that emotion representation processes of a metaphoric type can be extended to the perceptual realm.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: emotion; priming; metaphor; perception; color
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2015 11:15
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 11:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15663

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