Emotion Stroop task: Recognizing emotions from face and voice
To get insights into recognition of emotions from face and voice, we developed a special form of the Stroop task (the Emotion Stroop task). Instead of reading words and naming colors, the tasks are to recognize emotions either from faces (visual) or voices (auditory). Because musical expertise has been shown to positively correlate with recognition of emotion in speech prosody, we examined the difference in performance on the Emotion Stroop task between musicians and non-musicians. We found the Stroop effect on the Emotion Stroop task, as well as the Interference effect. Furthermore, people were faster and more correct on recognizing emotions from face than from voice. Results also showed that when participants had to ignore the face and judge emotion in the voice, musicians were more correct than non-musicians.
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