Mood and sex of participant in perception of happy faces

William D.S. Killgore, Derwin W. Cupp

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The influences of mood-state and sex of subject were examined for ratings of the emotional intensity of videotaped facial expressions of happiness. 102 subjects who were classified by sex and their scores on the Beck Depression Inventory provided ratings of the faces. A significant sex by mood-state interaction indicated that ratings of intensity by men and women were influenced differently by mood-state, and these findings are interpreted within the framework of the Affect Infusion Model. The results support our hypothesis that men and women tend to rely preferentially on low and high affect infusion strategies, respectively. The findings further suggest that the cognitive effect of affect infusion on the magnitude of perceived intensity of facial affect could be influenced by mood-state via differences in cognitive effort subjects employ when in a dysphoric or nondysphoric mood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-288
Number of pages10
JournalPerceptual and motor skills
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems


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