The specificity of emotion inferences as a function of emotional contextual support

Gillioz, Christelle Olivia; Gygax, Pascal M. (2016). The specificity of emotion inferences as a function of emotional contextual support. Discourse Processes, 54(1), 0-0. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/0163853X.2015.1095597

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Research on emotion inferences has shown that readers include a representation of the main character's emotional state in their mental representations of the text. We examined the specificity of emotion representations as a function of the emotion content of short narratives, in terms of the quantity and quality of emotion components included in the narratives, based on the GRID instrument (Fontaine et al., 2013). In a self-paced reading task, target sentences that only moderately matched the emotional context were read faster than target sentences that strongly matched the emotional context of the narratives. In a “makes sense” judgment task, we showed that this result was not driven by a mapping difficulty and, in a memory task, we provided some evidence that these effects reflected integration processes. We suggest that readers can integrate specific emotions into their mental representations, but only if provided with the appropriate emotional contextual support.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Gillioz, Christelle Olivia

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1532-6950

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christelle Olivia Gillioz

Date Deposited:

20 Jul 2016 10:55

Last Modified:

11 May 2017 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/0163853X.2015.1095597

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.84020

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/84020

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