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Anger as “seeing red”: Evidence for a perceptual association

Fetterman, Adam K and Robinson, Michael D and Meier, Brian P (2012) 'Anger as “seeing red”: Evidence for a perceptual association.' Cognition & Emotion, 26 (8). pp. 1445-1458. ISSN 0269-9931

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Abstract

Metaphor representation theory contends that people conceptualise their non-perceptual states (e.g., emotion concepts) in perceptual terms. The present research extends this theory to colour manipulations and discrete emotional representations. Two experiments (N=265) examined whether a red font colour would facilitate anger conceptions, consistent with metaphors referring to anger to “seeing red”. Evidence for an implicit anger-red association was robust and emotionally discrete in nature. Further, Experiment 2 examined the directionality of such associations and found that they were asymmetrical: Anger categorisations were faster when a red font colour was involved, but redness categorisations were not faster when an anger-related word was involved. Implications for multiple literatures are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Metaphor, Anger, Discrete emotions, Colour, Reaction time
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 11:19
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 11:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15664

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