Vol.4 No.6 (November 2014)
Effects of Implicit Power Motive on Attentional Bias for Facial Expressions
吴 燕 ：成都医学院心理学系，成都
The present study investigated the influence of implicit power motive on attentional bias for facial expressions by using the dot probe and emotional Stroop task. The results showed that: 1) there was no evidence to suggest differential processing of angry and happy faces by high- and low- power motive individuals on the dot probe task; power-motivated participants, however, showed an attentional bias for surprised faces; 2) in the emotional Stroop task, in contrast to the low-pow- er subjects, the high-power subjects showed a processing bias for angry and surprised faces, but not for happy faces; 3) the indexes of attentional bias in the dot probe and emotional Stroop task showed a negative relationship for angry faces, and no relationship for happy and surprised faces. Taken together, the present study validated that facial expressions of emotion are salient incentive cues for implicit power motive, and they interact with implicit power motive to shape attentional orienting.
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