The implicit need for power predicts recognition speed for dynamic changes in facial expressions of emotion

Journal article
(Original article)


Publication Details

Author(s): Donhauser P, Rösch A, Schultheiss O
Journal: Motivation and Emotion
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 39
Journal issue: 5
Pages range: 714-721
ISSN: 0146-7239
Language: German


Abstract


Facial expressions of emotion (FEEs) have been portrayed as potent (dis-) incentives for power-motivated perceivers, because they signal the strength of a sender’s dominance (Stanton et al. in Implicit motives. Oxford University Press, New York, pp 245–278, 2010). Here, we tested the hypothesis that individuals with a high implicit power motive (nPower), who have a disposition to seek (emotional) impact on others, would be faster at recognizing FEEs than individuals low in nPower. In a task employing videos of morphed FEEs, which are gradually changing from neutral to either anger, joy or surprise, higher nPower predicted faster recognition of the displayed emotion as well as a tendency to misidentify joy as anger. Our findings suggest that one way through which people high in nPower are socially influential is their enhanced sensitivity to emotional signals in their social environment.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Rösch, Andreas Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Psychologie (Motivation, Emotion und Lernen)
Schultheiss, Oliver Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Psychologie (Motivation, Emotion und Lernen)


External institutions
McGill University


How to cite

APA:
Donhauser, P., Rösch, A., & Schultheiss, O. (2015). The implicit need for power predicts recognition speed for dynamic changes in facial expressions of emotion. Motivation and Emotion, 39(5), 714-721. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11031-015-9484-z

MLA:
Donhauser, Peter, Andreas Rösch, and Oliver Schultheiss. "The implicit need for power predicts recognition speed for dynamic changes in facial expressions of emotion." Motivation and Emotion 39.5 (2015): 714-721.

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