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dc.contributor.authorGillis, Randall L.
dc.contributor.authorNilsen, Elizabeth S. 13:48:03 (GMT) 13:48:03 (GMT)
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cognition and Emotion on 2016-02-19, available online:
dc.description.abstractListeners are exposed to inconsistencies in communication; for example, when speakers’ words (i.e. verbal) are discrepant with their demonstrated emotions (i.e. non-verbal). Such inconsistencies introduce ambiguity, which may render a speaker to be a less credible source of information. Two experiments examined whether children make credibility discriminations based on the consistency of speakers’ affect cues. In Experiment 1, school-age children (7- to 8-year-olds) preferred to solicit information from consistent speakers (e.g. those who provided a negative statement with negative affect), over novel speakers, to a greater extent than they preferred to solicit information from inconsistent speakers (e.g. those who provided a negative statement with positive affect) over novel speakers. Preschoolers (4- to 5-year-olds) did not demonstrate this preference. Experiment 2 showed that school-age children's ratings of speakers were influenced by speakers’ affect consistency when the attribute being judged was related to information acquisition (speakers’ believability, “weird” speech), but not general characteristics (speakers’ friendliness, likeability). Together, findings suggest that school-age children are sensitive to, and use, the congruency of affect cues to determine whether individuals are credible sources of information.en
dc.description.sponsorshipFunder 1, This research was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant awarded to E. Nilsen. R. Gillis was supported by a Canada Graduate Scholarship from SSHRC.en
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCognition and Emotion;
dc.subjectselective trusten
dc.subjectspeaker credibilityen
dc.subjectnon-verbal cuesen
dc.subjectemotion recognitionen
dc.subjectaffective cuesen
dc.titleConsistency between verbal and non-verbal affective cues: a clue to speaker credibilityen
dcterms.bibliographicCitationGillis, R., & Nilsen, E. S., (2016). Consistency between verbal and non-verbal affective cues: A clue to speaker credibility. Cognition and Emotion, 31(4), 645-656.
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Artsen

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