Science University Research Symposium (SURS)


Face Off! Voice Your Choice

Publication Date

Winter 11-2023


Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Psychological Science, Department of

SURS Faculty Advisor

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Face Off! Voice Your Choice

Humans use many environmental cues to analyze emotional content in their environment, including faces and voices. While these items seem to be processed in parallel, little research has examined if there is an attentional priority to emotional cues in faces or voices to educate affective judgements. The current study aims to investigate the dual presentation of face and voice emotional content, mirroring real life experiences, and investigate which medium demonstrates higher attentional draw. 24 undergraduate participants completed a task where they viewed face-voice dyads that are simultaneously presenting emotional cues of happiness or sadness. (Ekman, 1971; RAVEDSS, 2018). Participants will be asked to either identify the facial or voice expressed emotion (2 conditions of ID) for dyads that are either concurrent (2 conditions of happy-happy or sad-sad) or non-concurrent (2 conditions of happy-sad or sad-happy). This totals to a possibility of 8 conditions. We hypothesize a face superiority effect, with faster and more accurate judgements of valence for emotional face ID (vs. emotional voice ID), regardless of emotional type. We hypothesize faster and more accurate judgements for congruent dyads (ex: happy face and happy voice) vs. non-congruent dyads, regardless of emotional type. Last, we hypothesize that sad judgements will be faster and more accurate than happy ones. Data analysis is ongoing…

Keywords: emotions, face superiority effect, voice prosody, facial expressions, discrete emotions, attentional bias

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