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The perception and categorisation of emotional stimuli: A review

Tobias Brosch, Gilles Pourtois UGent and David Sander (2010) COGNITION & EMOTION. 24(3). p.377-400
abstract
When we perceive our environment, we rapidly integrate large amounts of incoming stimulus information into categories that help to guide our understanding of the world. Some stimuli are more relevant for our well-being and survival than others, for example stimuli that signal a threat or an opportunity for growth and expansion. In this review we examine the special role of such oemotionalo stimuli in perception and categorisation. To this end, we first discuss some fundamental aspects of perception, with an emphasis on the cognitive process of categorisation. We then tackle the questions: oWhat is an emotional stimulus?o and oWhat is an emotion category?o Afterwards, we illustrate, with a review of key findings from the empirical literature, (i) how stimuli are categorised as emotional, and (ii) how the perceptual processing of emotional stimuli is prioritised to allow for a rapid preparation of adaptive responses. To conclude, we discuss how research on the perception of emotional stimuli can contribute to current debates in psychology, namely (i) about the role of bottom-up vs. top-down factors in emotional processing and experience, and (ii) about the nature of the relationship between cognition and emotion.
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author
organization
year
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journalArticle (review)
publication status
published
keyword
Perception, Categorisation, Emotion, PERCEIVED GAZE DIRECTION, FEAR-RELEVANT STIMULI, FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, CATEGORICAL PERCEPTION, VISUAL-SEARCH, ATTENTIONAL BLINK, BASIC EMOTIONS, HUMAN AMYGDALA, NATURAL KINDS, SURPRISED FACES
journal title
COGNITION & EMOTION
Cogn. Emot.
volume
24
issue
3
pages
24 pages
publisher
Psychology Press
place of publication
HOVE
Web of Science type
Review
Web of Science id
000277464500001
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, EXPERIMENTAL
JCR impact factor
2.083 (2010)
JCR rank
30/79 (2010)
JCR quartile
2 (2010)
ISSN
0269-9931
DOI
10.1080/02699930902975754
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I don't know the status of the copyright for this publication
id
1079941
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1079941
date created
2010-11-26 16:46:18
date last changed
2017-01-02 09:56:01
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  author       = {Brosch, Tobias and Pourtois, Gilles and Sander, David},
  issn         = {0269-9931},
  journal      = {COGNITION \& EMOTION},
  keyword      = {Perception,Categorisation,Emotion,PERCEIVED GAZE DIRECTION,FEAR-RELEVANT STIMULI,FACIAL EXPRESSIONS,CATEGORICAL PERCEPTION,VISUAL-SEARCH,ATTENTIONAL BLINK,BASIC EMOTIONS,HUMAN AMYGDALA,NATURAL KINDS,SURPRISED FACES},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {377--400},
  publisher    = {Psychology Press},
  title        = {The perception and categorisation of emotional stimuli: A review},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02699930902975754},
  volume       = {24},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Brosch, Tobias, Gilles Pourtois, and David Sander. 2010. “The Perception and Categorisation of Emotional Stimuli: A Review.” Cognition & Emotion 24 (3): 377–400.
APA
Brosch, Tobias, Pourtois, G., & Sander, D. (2010). The perception and categorisation of emotional stimuli: A review. COGNITION & EMOTION, 24(3), 377–400.
Vancouver
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Brosch T, Pourtois G, Sander D. The perception and categorisation of emotional stimuli: A review. COGNITION & EMOTION. HOVE: Psychology Press; 2010;24(3):377–400.
MLA
Brosch, Tobias, Gilles Pourtois, and David Sander. “The Perception and Categorisation of Emotional Stimuli: A Review.” COGNITION & EMOTION 24.3 (2010): 377–400. Print.