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Confidence in emotion perception in point-light displays varies with the ability to perceive own emotions

Lorey, Britta ; Kaletsch, Morten ; Pilgramm, Sebastian ; Bischoff, Matthias ; Kindermann, Stefan ; Sauerbier, Isabell ; Stark, Rudolf ; Zentgraf, Karen ; Munzert, Jörn


Originalveröffentlichung: (2012) PLoS ONE, 7(8), e42169, 1-8 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042169
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:26-opus-89455
URL: http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2012/8945/

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Freie Schlagwörter (Englisch): perceive own emotions , perceiving emotions in others , emotion perception confidence , Toronto Alexithymia Scale
Sammlung: Open Access - Publikationsfonds
Universität Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Institut: Institute for Sports Science; Bender Institute of Neuroimaging, Cognitive Neuroscience Group Center for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Fachgebiet 1: Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft fachübergreifend
Fachgebiet 2: Universität, Präsident der JLU
DDC-Sachgruppe: Psychologie
Dokumentart: Aufsatz
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2012
Publikationsdatum: 30.08.2012
Kurzfassung auf Englisch: One central issue in social cognitive neuroscience is that perceiving emotions in others relates to activating the same emotion in oneself. In this study we sought to examine how the ability to perceive own emotions assessed with the Toronto Alexithymia Scale related to both the ability to perceive emotions depicted in point-light displays and the confidence in these perceptions. Participants observed video scenes of human interactions, rated the depicted valence, and judged their confidence in this rating. Results showed that people with higher alexithymia scores were significantly less confident about their decisions, but did not differ from people with lower alexithymia scores in the valence of their ratings. Furthermore, no modulating effect of social context on the effect of higher alexithymia scores was found. It is concluded that the used stimuli are fit to investigate the kinematic aspect of emotion perception and possibly separate people with high and low alexithymia scores via confidence differences. However, a general difference in emotion perception was not detected in the present setting.
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