Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Psychology

Research Sponsor

Dr. Kevin Kaut

First Reader

Dr. Philip Allen

Second Reader

Dr. James Houston

Abstract

The purpose of this research project was examine the following question: Do men and women respond differently, on a neurophysiological level, to stimuli that elicit an emotional valence? Participants completed an emotional expression face identification task in which participants made speeded responses to angry, happy, and neutral emotional faces. Behavioral and event-related potential (ERP) methods were utilized to examine emotion processing differences between females and males and whether those differences were associated with emotional arousal or emotion regulation differences. Results indicated that females and males did not differ in accuracy or response time. Furthermore, there were no observable differences in the P1 ERP waveform reflecting emotional arousal or the P3 waveform reflecting emotional regulation between female and male adults. Therefore, we did not find evidence for differential emotional arousal and emotion regulation processes between females and males.

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