Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Dr. James Paulson
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (71 p.)
Social perception, Affect (Psychology)
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.
Canizio, Nancy Mellor, "A study of age and sex-related differences in the perception of emotional stimuli" (1982). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3153.