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Emotional context modulates micro-expression processing as reflected in event-related potentials
Zhang, Ming1,2; Fu, Qiufang1,4; Chen, Yu-Hsin1,3; Fu, Xiaolan1,4
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Micro-expression recognition is influenced by emotional contexts at the behavioral level. It is found that the recognition for micro-expressions is poorer following a negative context compared to the recognition following a neutral context. However, it remains unclear whether the modulation takes place in the early or later stage of the processing of micro-expressions as reflected in event-related potentials (ERPs). Using synthesized micro-expressions in this study, we investigated how emotional context modulates the ERP components that are elicited by micro-expressions. We observed that, compared to neutral contexts, negative and positive contexts elicited more positive amplitude trends for processing the subsequent target micro-expressions, and more positive P1 and N170 effects were elicited by target micro-expressions following negative and positive contexts compared to those following neutral contexts. Moreover, there were larger P1 effects elicited by the target micro-expressions when the context and target expressions were incongruent compared to when they were congruent. Our findings provide new ERP evidence to indicate that emotional contexts modulate micro-expression processing, and that the modulation of emotional contexts takes place at the early stage of facial-expression processing.

Keywordemotional context event-related potentials micro-expressions P1
Indexed BySSCI
Funding OrganizationKey Laboratory of Mental Health at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences(KLMH2015G07) ; National Natural Science Foundation of China(61375009 ; 31270024)
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000428527100002
WOS HeadingsSocial Sciences
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Document Type期刊论文
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, State Key Lab Brain & Cognit Sci, 16 Lincui Rd, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Dalian Med Univ, Dept Psychol, Dalian, Peoples R China
3.Wenzhou Univ, Inst Psychol & Behav Sci, Wenzhou, Peoples R China
4.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
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Zhang, Ming,Fu, Qiufang,Chen, Yu-Hsin,et al. Emotional context modulates micro-expression processing as reflected in event-related potentials[J]. PSYCH JOURNAL,2018,7(1):13-24.
APA Zhang, Ming,Fu, Qiufang,Chen, Yu-Hsin,&Fu, Xiaolan.(2018).Emotional context modulates micro-expression processing as reflected in event-related potentials.PSYCH JOURNAL,7(1),13-24.
MLA Zhang, Ming,et al."Emotional context modulates micro-expression processing as reflected in event-related potentials".PSYCH JOURNAL 7.1(2018):13-24.
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