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On the ‘special’ status of emotional faces... Comment on Yang, Hong, and Blake (2010)

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A wealth of literature suggests that emotional faces are given special status as visual objects: Cognitive models suggest that emotional stimuli, particularly threat-relevant facial expressions such as fear and anger, are prioritized in visual processing and may be identified by a subcortical “quick and dirty” pathway in the absence of awareness (Tamietto & de Gelder, 2010). Both neuroimaging studies (Williams, Morris, McGlone, Abbott, & Mattingley, 2004) and backward masking studies (Whalen, Rauch, Etcoff, McInerney, & Lee, 1998) have supported the notion of emotion processing without awareness. Recently, our own group (Adams, Gray, Garner, & Graf, 2010) showed adaptation to emotional faces that were rendered invisible using a variant of binocular rivalry: continual flash suppression (CFS, Tsuchiya & Koch, 2005). Here we (i) respond to Yang, Hong, and Blake's (2010) criticisms of our adaptation paper and (ii) provide a unified account of adaptation to facial expression, identity, and gender, under conditions of unawareness.

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Adams, Wendy J., Gray, Katie L.H., Garner, Matthew J. and Graf, Erich W. (2011) On the ‘special’ status of emotional faces... Comment on Yang, Hong, and Blake (2010) Journal of Vision, 11, (3, article 10), pp. 1-4. (doi:10.1167/11.3.10). (PMID:21398408).

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Published date: 11 March 2011


Local EPrints ID: 177043
ISSN: 1534-7362
PURE UUID: 0f460d56-3488-43ad-9f1b-38c23291b984
ORCID for Wendy J. Adams: ORCID iD
ORCID for Erich W. Graf: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 14 Mar 2011 11:55
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:06

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Author: Wendy J. Adams ORCID iD
Author: Katie L.H. Gray
Author: Erich W. Graf ORCID iD

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