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dc.contributor.advisorMacPherson, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorHunter, Edyta Monika
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-09T13:45:10Z
dc.date.available2014-04-09T13:45:10Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/8742
dc.description.abstractEfficient navigation of our social world depends on the generation, interpretation and combination of social signals within different sensory systems. However, the influence of adult aging on cross-modal integration of emotional stimuli remains poorly understood. Therefore, the aim of this PhD thesis is to understand the integration of visual and auditory cues in social situations and how this is associated with other factors important for successful social interaction such as recognising emotions or understanding the mental states of others. A series of eight experiments were designed to compare the performance of younger and older adults on tasks related to multisensory integration and social cognition. Results suggest that older adults are significantly less accurate at correctly identifying emotions from one modality (faces or voices alone) but perform as well as younger adults on tasks where congruent auditory and visual emotional information are presented concurrently. Therefore, older adults appear to benefit from congruent multisensory information. In contrast, older adults are poorer than younger adults at detecting incongruency from different sensory modalities involved in decoding cues to deception, sarcasm or masking of emotions. It was also found that age differences in the processing of relevant and irrelevant visual and auditory social information might be related to changes in gaze behaviour. A further study demonstrated that the changes in behaviour and social interaction often reported in patients post-stroke might relate to problems in integrating the cross-modal social information. The pattern of findings is discussed in relation to social, emotional, neuropsychological and cognitive theories.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen_US
dc.relation.hasversionHunter, E. M., MacPherson, S. E., & Phillips, L. H. (2010). Effects of age on cross-modal emotion perception. Psychology and Aging, 25, 779-787en_US
dc.subjectAgingen_US
dc.subjectEmotion perceptionen_US
dc.subjectMultisensory integrationen_US
dc.titleMultisensory integration of social information in adult agingen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US


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