Speech anxiety and rapid emotional reactions to angry and happy facial expressions
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 48, no 4, 321-328 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim was to explore whether people high as opposed to low in speech anxiety react with a more pronounced differential facial response when exposed to angry and happy facial stimuli. High and low fear participants were selected based on their scores on a fear of public speaking questionnaire. All participants were exposed to pictures of angry and happy faces while facial electromyographic (EMG) activity from the Corrugator supercilii and the Zygomaticus major muscle regions was recorded. Skin conductance responses (SCR), heart rate (HR) and ratings were also collected. Participants high as opposed to low in speech anxiety displayed a larger differential corrugator responding, indicating a larger negative emotional reaction, between angry and happy faces. They also reacted with a larger differential zygomatic responding, indicating a larger positive emotional reaction, between happy and angry faces. Consistent with the facial reaction patterns, the high fear group rated angry faces as more unpleasant and as expressing more disgust, and further rated happy faces as more pleasant. There were no differences in SCR or HR responding between high and low speech anxiety groups. The present results support the hypothesis that people high in speech anxiety are disposed to show an exaggerated sensitivity and facial responsiveness to social stimuli.
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2007. Vol. 48, no 4, 321-328 p.
Autonomic responses, Facial EMG, Facial expressions, Facial reactions, Social fear, Speech anxiety
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-96236DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2007.00586.xISI: 000248690000005PubMedID: 17669222OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-96236DiVA: diva2:170740