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Title: Adults’ implicit associations to infant positive and negative acoustic cues: Moderation by empathy and gender
Authors: Vincenzo Paolo Senese
Venuti, Paola
Giordano, Francesca
Napolitano, Maria
Esposito, Gianluca
Bornstein, Marc H.
Keywords: Auditory
Implicit affective associations
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Senese, V. P., Venuti, P., Giordano, F., Napolitano, M., Esposito, G., & Bornstein, M. H. (2016). Adults’ implicit associations to infant positive and negative acoustic cues: Moderation by empathy and gender. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70(9), 1935-1942.
Series/Report no.: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Abstract: In this study a novel auditory version of the Single Category Implicit Association Test (SC-IAT-A) was developed to investigate (a) the valence of adults' associations to infant cries and laughs, (b) moderation of implicit associations by gender and empathy, and (c) the robustness of implicit associations controlling for auditory sensitivity. Eighty adults (50% females) were administered two SC-IAT-As, the Empathy Quotient, and the Weinstein Noise Sensitivity Scale. Adults showed positive implicit associations to infant laugh and negative ones to infant cry; only the implicit associations with the infant laugh were negatively related to empathy scores, and no gender differences were observed. Finally, implicit associations to infant cry were affected by noise sensitivity. The SC-IAT-A is useful to evaluate the valence of implicit reactions to infant auditory cues and could provide fresh insights into understanding processes that regulate the quality of adult-infant relationships.
ISSN: 1747-0226
DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1215480
Schools: School of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Rights: © 2016 Experimental Psychology Society. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, published by Taylor & Francis on behalf of Experimental Psychology Society. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document.  The published version is available at:
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