This Title All WIREs
How to cite this WIREs title:
WIREs Cogn Sci
Impact Factor: 3.476

Emotion and perception: the role of affective information

Full article on Wiley Online Library:   HTML PDF

Can't access this content? Tell your librarian.

Abstract Visual perception and emotion are traditionally considered separate domains of study. In this article, however, we review research showing them to be less separable than usually assumed. In fact, emotions routinely affect how and what we see. Fear, for example, can affect low‐level visual processes, sad moods can alter susceptibility to visual illusions, and goal‐directed desires can change the apparent size of goal‐relevant objects. In addition, the layout of the physical environment, including the apparent steepness of a hill and the distance to the ground from a balcony can both be affected by emotional states. We propose that emotions provide embodied information about the costs and benefits of anticipated action, information that can be used automatically and immediately, circumventing the need for cogitating on the possible consequences of potential actions. Emotions thus provide a strong motivating influence on how the environment is perceived. WIREs Cogni Sci 2011 2 676–685 DOI: 10.1002/wcs.147 This article is categorized under: Psychology > Emotion and Motivation

The impact of emotion and attention on perception. The gratings shown represent the contrast threshold (i.e., the contrast necessary to perform the orientation discrimination task at 82% accuracy) in each condition: (a) fearful face, peripheral cue (b) neutral face, peripheral cue.

[ Normal View | Magnified View ]

The Ebbinghaus Illusion. The circles in the middle of these two figures are the same size, but in their respective contexts, the one on the left looks smaller than the one on the right.

[ Normal View | Magnified View ]

A sample item from the Kimchi and Palmer18 test of global–local focus. The task is to match the target figure at the top with the comparison figure at the bottom that is most similar.

[ Normal View | Magnified View ]

Related Articles

Cognitive Science: Overviews

Browse by Topic

Psychology > Emotion and Motivation

Access to this WIREs title is by subscription only.

Recommend to Your
Librarian Now!

The latest WIREs articles in your inbox

Sign Up for Article Alerts