Influence of Induced Emotions on Joint Simon Effect and the Underlying Mechanism

[Speaker] Song, Xiaolei:1,2
[Co-author] Li, Yangyang:1,2
1:School of Psychology,Shaanxi Normal University (China (People's Republic of China)), 2:Provincial Key laboratory of Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Xian (China (People's Republic of China))

Using joint Simon task, three experiments were designed to investigate the influence of induced emotions on the joint Simon effect and reveal the underlying mechanism of it. The goal of Experiment 1was to verify the joint Simon effect, and the Experiment 2 and 3 was to assess whether and how the joint Simon effect was influenced by the induced emotions. The results showed that (1) compared to neutral emotion, positive induced emotion promoted the joint Simon effect while negative one reduced the joint Simon effect; (2) While no other effect was found in individual go/no-go Simon task, independent of emotional state. The findings of present study imply that, during the joint contextual task, induced emotions have different impacts on the mirroring of another's action and the tendency to activate corresponding representations in one's own cognitive system, which is in consistent with co-representation account.
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