Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Dr. James Paulson
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
Social perception, Affect (Psychology)
1 online resource (71 p.)
In a tachistoscopic perception task, adult males in the Fels Research Institute's longitudinal population (Kagan and Moss, 1960) were found to have a higher recognition threshold for pictures depicting dependency scenes than adult females. The female subjects had a higher recognition threshold for aggressive scenes than the males.
The present study was designed to further compare male and female perception of dependent and aggressive stimuli by including a developmental component to test if the perceptual differences vary with age. A benign or neutral stimulus category was added to aid in determining direction of any resulting differences: i.e., heightened perception or avoidance of perception, and a recognition memory task was added to the tachistoscopic task to determine if there were any differences between sensory and long term memory of emotional stimuli.
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Canizio, Nancy Mellor, "A study of age and sex-related differences in the perception of emotional stimuli" (1982). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3153.