Emotional Responses to Disfigured Faces: The Influences of Perceived Anonymity, Empathy, and Disgust Sensitivity

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Stone, A. and Potton, Anita 2014. Emotional Responses to Disfigured Faces: The Influences of Perceived Anonymity, Empathy, and Disgust Sensitivity. Basic and Applied Social Psychology. 36 (6), pp. 520-532.
AuthorsStone, A. and Potton, Anita
Abstract

Two experiments investigated self-reported emotional reactions to photographs of
people with attractive, unattractive or structurally disfigured faces. In Experiment 1
participants viewing disfigured faces reported raised levels of sorrow and curiosity but not
raised levels of negative emotions. In Experiment 2 there was more negative emotion and less
positive emotion reported under conditions of relatively high anonymity, compared to low
anonymity, specific to disfigured faces, suggesting that self-reports are influenced by social
desirability. Trait empathy was associated with sorrow and negative emotions when viewing
disfigured faces. Disgust sensitivity was associated with negative emotions and inversely
associated with positive emotions.

JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
Journal citation36 (6), pp. 520-532
ISSN1532-4834
0197-3533
Year2014
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01973533.2014.958491
Publication dates
Print03 Nov 2014
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Deposited01 Dec 2015
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Basic and Applied Social Psychology on 03.11.2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01973533.2014.958491
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