Theses Doctoral

Exploring perception and categorization of social and affective stimuli

Thieu, Monica Kim Ngan

We constantly perceive and categorize internal signals, like our subjective affective state, and complex social signals, like the faces of the people around us. In this dissertation, I aim to characterize some of the ways in which we perceive and categorize affective and social stimuli, top-down influences on those processes, and individual differences in social & affective perception/categorization.

First, in Chapter 2, I apply psychophysical methods to assess how individual differences in trait emotional expressivity arise from observers' subjective emotion reporting thresholds.

Next, in Chapter 3, I characterize the perception and categorization of age from adult faces.

Finally, in Chapter 4, I investigate whether the act of categorizing one's subjective emotional state changes the affective distance between neural representations of positive and negative affect states.


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Thesis Advisors
Ochsner, Kevin N.
Ph.D., Columbia University
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April 27, 2022