The role of emotion transition for the perception of social dominance and affiliation

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Individuals who show anger are rated as higher in dominance and lower in affiliation, whereas those who express sadness are rated lower in dominance and higher in affiliation. Little is known about situations where people show both expressions in sequence as happens when a first emotional reaction is followed by a second, different one. This question was examined in two studies. Overall, we found that the last emotion shown had a strong impact on perceived behavioural intentions. However, the information about the previously shown emotion was also integrated. The specific mode of integration was dependent on the salience of the change and naive theories about the type of person who changes their emotion in the face of changing events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1260-1270
Number of pages11
JournalCognition and Emotion
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2016

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  • Emotion transition
  • affiliation
  • anger
  • sadness
  • social dominance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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