Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 288–292 | Cite as

Mood effects on emotion recognition

  • Petra Claudia SchmidEmail author
  • Marianne Schmid Mast
Original Paper


Mood affects memory and social judgments. However, findings are inconsistent with regard to how mood affects emotion recognition: For sad moods, general performance decrements in emotion recognition have been reported, as well as an emotion specific bias, such as better recognition of sad facial expressions compared to happy expressions (negative bias). Far less research has been conducted on the influence of happy moods on emotion recognition. We primed 93 participants with happy, sad, or neutral moods and had them perform an emotion recognition task. Results showed a negative bias for participants in sad moods and a positive bias for participants in happy moods. Sad and happy moods hampered the recognition of mood-incongruent expressions; the recognition of mood-congruent expressions was not affected by moods.


Mood Emotion recognition Positive and negative biases 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Psychology du Travail et des OrganisationsUniversité de NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland

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