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13:00 - 14:00 23 March 2018

Social Cognition Seminar


Room 448 | 26 Bedford Way (link Map)
London | WC1H 0DS | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student

Speaker: Tony Manstead (Cardiff University) - “Emotions and Social Decisions: An Interpersonal Perspective”

I will describe research showing that social decisions (ranging from judgments of facial expressions to decisions about how to allocate resources in interpersonal and intergroup economic games) are shaped by a combination of how others behave and the emotions they express. I will argue that the process underlying this social influence is one of social appraisal: our appraisals of the world around us are shaped by the way in which others appraise it, and their appraisals are inferred from their emotional expressions. Knowledge of others’ appraisals is especially likely to influence judgments about ambiguous stimuli and decisions that involve competition between selfish and prosocial norms. Emotional expressions therefore serve an important interpersonal function by shaping other people’s social decisions


Antonietta Esposito
+44 (0) 207 679 5332 | a.esposito@ucl.ac.uk


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