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Social power and recognition of emotional prosody : high power is associated with lower recognition accuracy than low power.

Uskul, A. K. and Paulmann, S. and Weick, M. (2016) 'Social power and recognition of emotional prosody : high power is associated with lower recognition accuracy than low power.', Emotion., 16 (1). pp. 11-15.

Abstract

Listeners have to pay close attention to a speaker’s tone of voice (prosody) during daily conversations. This is particularly important when trying to infer the emotional state of the speaker. While a growing body of research has explored how emotions are processed from speech in general, little is known about how psycho-social factors such as social power can shape the perception of vocal emotional attributes. Thus, the present studies explored how social power affects emotional prosody recognition. In a correlational (Study 1) and an experimental study (Study 2), we show that high power is associated with lower accuracy in emotional prosody recognition than low power. These results, for the first time, suggest that individuals experiencing high or low power perceive emotional language differently.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Emotional prosody recognition; Social power
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000110
Publisher statement:© 2016 APA, all rights reserved. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Date accepted:08 July 2015
Date deposited:18 September 2018
Date of first online publication:01 February 2016
Date first made open access:18 September 2018

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