Face processing has mainly been investigated by presenting facial expressions without any contextual information. However, in everyday interactions with others, the sight of a face is often accompanied by contextual cues that are processed either visually or under different sensory modalities. Here, we tested whether the perceived trustworthiness of a face is influenced by the auditory context in which that face is embedded. In Experiment 1, participants evaluated trustworthiness from faces that were surrounded by either threatening or non-threatening auditory contexts. Results showed that faces were judged more untrustworthy when accompanied by threatening auditory information. Experiment 2 replicated the effect in a design that disentangled the effects of threatening contexts from negative contexts in general. Thus, perceiving facial trustworthiness involves a cross-modal integration of the face and the level of threat posed by the surrounding context.

Brambilla, M., Masi, M., Mattavelli, S., Biella, M. (2021). Faces and sounds becoming one: Cross-modal integration of facial and auditory cues in judging trustworthiness. SOCIAL COGNITION, 39(3), 315-327 [10.1521/soco.2021.39.3.315].

Faces and sounds becoming one: Cross-modal integration of facial and auditory cues in judging trustworthiness

Brambilla, M
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Masi, M
Secondo
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Mattavelli, S;
2021

Abstract

Face processing has mainly been investigated by presenting facial expressions without any contextual information. However, in everyday interactions with others, the sight of a face is often accompanied by contextual cues that are processed either visually or under different sensory modalities. Here, we tested whether the perceived trustworthiness of a face is influenced by the auditory context in which that face is embedded. In Experiment 1, participants evaluated trustworthiness from faces that were surrounded by either threatening or non-threatening auditory contexts. Results showed that faces were judged more untrustworthy when accompanied by threatening auditory information. Experiment 2 replicated the effect in a design that disentangled the effects of threatening contexts from negative contexts in general. Thus, perceiving facial trustworthiness involves a cross-modal integration of the face and the level of threat posed by the surrounding context.
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Face perception; Person perception; Sounds; Threat; Trustworthiness;
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Brambilla, M., Masi, M., Mattavelli, S., Biella, M. (2021). Faces and sounds becoming one: Cross-modal integration of facial and auditory cues in judging trustworthiness. SOCIAL COGNITION, 39(3), 315-327 [10.1521/soco.2021.39.3.315].
Brambilla, M; Masi, M; Mattavelli, S; Biella, M
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