ISSN 0439-755X
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Acta Psychologica Sinica ›› 2022, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (4): 331-342.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1041.2022.00331

• Reports of Empirical Studies •     Next Articles

Effects of integration of facial expression and emotional voice on inhibition of return

ZHANG Ming1(), WANG Tingting1, WU Xiaogang2, ZHANG Yue’e1, WANG Aijun1()   

  1. 1Department of Psychology, Research Center for Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Soochow University, Suzhou 215000, China
    2Department of Psychology, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Suzhou 215009, China
  • Received:2021-06-24 Published:2022-04-25 Online:2022-02-21
  • Contact: ZHANG Ming,WANG Aijun;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(31871092);National Natural Science Foundation of China(31700939);humanities and Social Sciences Foundation of the Ministry of Education(17YJC190024)


Inhibition of return (IOR) and emotion have the characteristics of guiding attentional bias and improving search efficiency. However, it is not clear whether there is a certain interaction between IOR and emotional stimuli. The study adopted the cue-target paradigm and used audiovisual dual modality to present emotional stimuli to further investigate the interaction between emotion and IOR. In Experiment 1, emotional stimuli were presented in visual single modality or audiovisual dual modality. Experiment 2 further investigated whether the impact of the audiovisual dual modality emotional stimulus on IOR was caused by the emotional stimulus of the auditory modality, that is, whether the emotional stimulus of the auditory modality was processed. The results showed that congruently emotional stimuli in the audiovisual dual modality can weaken IOR, but there was no interaction between incongruent emotional stimuli in the audiovisual dual modality and IOR, and there was no significant difference in the IOR effect between the single modality and audiovisual dual modality. The results showed that the IOR effect was influenced only when the audiovisual dual modality presented the same emotion, which further supported the perceptual inhibition theory of IOR.

Key words: inhibition of return, emotion, audiovisual integration