Date of Award
Master of Science
This study examined the effects of adult attachment dimensions, the activation of the attachment system, and gender on ability to correctly identify expressions of emotion. A total of 185 undergraduates from ISU participated. Multiple regression results indicated that attachment anxiety and avoidance are negatively related to self-perceived ability to detect emotion. Results also indicated that attachment anxiety is positively related to ability to detect expressions of disgust, while attachment avoidance is negatively related to ability to detect expressions of disgust. Activation of the attachment system was associated with lower accuracy overall and more specifically for expressions of anger. Results also indicated that females were more accurate overall and more specifically for expressions of disgust and happiness.
Philip Andrew Shaffer
Shaffer, Philip Andrew, "Seeing what we expect to see : attachment style and the perception of facial expressions" (2006). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 19042.