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Antonio Olivera La Rosa

Antonio Olivera La Rosa

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Research on implicit social cognition. Open to collab

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Introduction
I work on experimental cognitive psychology. I am interested in implicit social cognition, the uncanny valley, moral psychology and emotions.
Additional affiliations
January 2015 - June 2022
Universidad Católica Luis Amigó
Position
  • Professor (Full)
February 2012 - July 2012
University of the Balearic Islands
Position
  • Teaching: Emotion, Cognition and Facial Expression
October 2011 - June 2012
University of the Balearic Islands
Position
  • Teaching: "Motivation and emotion"
Education
September 2008 - June 2012
University of the Balearic Islands
Field of study
  • Cognition and Human Evolution
September 2007 - June 2008
University of the Balearic Islands
Field of study
  • Cognition and Human Evolution

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Publications (72)
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Background: Disgust is, at its core, an emotion that responds to cues of parasites and infection, likely to be evolved to protect human organism from the risk of disease. Interestingly, a growing body of research implicates disgust as an emotion central to human morality. The fact that disgust is associated with appraisals of moral transgressions...
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The “uncanny valley” hypothesis (Mori 1970/2005) states that a near-human looking entity can engender negative feelings in an observer. I analyze the phenomenology of the uncanny feeling, which is largely understudied despite being the dependent variable in empirical studies. Next, I introduce a social functionalist account to the uncanny valley re...
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Previous research suggests that individual differences in pathogen disgust sensitivity and social anxiety predict avoidance behavior, especially of pathogen cues, and reduced tolerance for social ambiguity. Conversely, generalized social trust is associated with approach behavior and a greater tolerance for social ambiguity. We conducted an online...
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We used implicit and explicit measures to study whether “real” uncanny faces (by faces of Botox users and very ugly people) will be associated with perceptions of bad moral character and social avoidance. Implicit measures showed that uncanny faces were more strongly associated with negative aesthetic evaluations (“ugliness”) than with negative mor...
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We assessed negative bias in Colombian young offenders towards affective deviants (those who violate emotional norms). Postulating that affective deviants elicit an “uncanny/creepy” feeling resembling that produced by psychopaths, we explored social judgments of affective deviants in individuals with callous-unemotional (CU) traits. 188 young offen...
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We used implicit and explicit measures to study whether “real” uncanny faces (by faces of Botox users and very ugly people) will be associated with perceptions of bad moral character and social avoidance. Implicit measures showed that uncanny faces were more strongly associated with negative aesthetic evaluations (“ugliness”) than with negative mor...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused controversy over new norms of mask-wearing in public places. An online experiment previously showed that people from several Spanish-speaking countries perceived faces wearing medical-style masks as more trustworthy, socially desirable, and likely to be ill, compared to control faces without a mask. We replicated an...
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La presencia de parásitos y el peligro de contraer enfermedades infecciosas han constituido una constante amenaza a la supervivencia y reproducción de la especie desde nuestro pasado ancestral. Como consecuencia, la necesidad de regular de forma efectiva estas amenazas –muchas veces invisibles– ha “moldeado” gran parte de nuestra psicología y de nu...
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Objective: The purpose of this research was to explore gender differences regarding theory of mind and empathy abilities in a sample of adolescents with conduct disorder (n=46; males=28 and females=18). Methods: Empathy (cognitive and emotional dimensions) and theory of mind (read-ing the mind through the eyes) were tested based on an observational...
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Tinder has become a popular online dating tool for people looking for either short- or long-term relationships. In this study we build on existing research on gender differences in the motivations of Tinder users, by analyzing gender differences in self-presentation. We predicted that women would try to attract men to right-swipe (i.e., potentially...
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With an estimated 50 million or more users worldwide, Tinder has become one of the most popular mobile dating applications. Although judgments of physical attractiveness are assumed to drive the “swiping” decisions that lead to matches, we propose that there is an additional evaluative dimension driving behind these decisions: judgments of moral ch...
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La hipótesis del “uncanny valley” (Mori 1970/2012) propone que ciertas entidades casi-humanas o humanoides (por ejemplo, androides, payasos o figuras de cera) generan sensaciones afectivas negativas en el observador. Algunos autores sugieren que esta reacción emocional (“uncanny feeling”, UF) se extiende a la percepción de aquellas personas que pre...
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Contradictory findings with regard to the nonlinear relation between human likeness and affective reactions have characterized psychological research on the uncanny valley hypothesis (Mori 1970/2005). In the present study we explored the phenomenology of the uncanny feeling (UF) by assessing implicit associations between uncanny stimuli (by android...
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Objective: To establish the relationship between receptive and expressive language abilities with pre-reading skills in preschoolers. Methods: An observational and cross-sectional study was carried out by evaluating oral language abilities and phonological skills in a total sample of 106 children. Results: Multivariate regression models pointed out...
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Despite growing research on online social networking, implicit associations of Facebook users have been largely understudied. In Study 1, we used the Single-Target Implicit Association Test (ST-IAT; Karpinski and Steinman, 2006) in order to assess implicit associations between Facebook and two evolutionary relevant constructs: sexual and prosocial...
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All participants were undergraduate students (N = 100, 50 females; age M = 20.6, SD = 1.95) at a university in Spain. All participants described themselves as active Facebook users). In order to assess Facebook implicit associations with sex and prosocial behavior, we used the ST-IAT. In the ST-IAT, participants are asked to categorize each present...
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Perception of uncanny features in a human-like entity influences its “moral status”. The uncanny feeling functions as a “wrong outside, wrong inside” moral heuristic.
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Objective: The objective of this study is to investigate relationship between religiosity, values and Prosocial Moral Reasoning (PMR) of high school students. The first hypothesis consists of analyze whether religious attitudes can predict any specific Prosocial Moral Reasoning (PMR). On the other hand, the second hypothesis tries to investigate if...
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Few studies have addressed attitudes toward violence in offender populations using implicit measures. The aim of this study is to test whether implicit attitudes toward two types of violence (physical and relational) differ between two groups of adolescent offenders: one group with conduct disorder (CD; n = 36) and the other group without this cond...
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Objective: Most studies on conduct disorder (CD) have focused on male adolescents, disregarding analysis of this psychopathology in women. The purpose of this study was to identify differences in empathy and theory of mind (ToM) in a group of adolescent women with CD and a control group. Method: Thirty-six adolescent women were selected from an in...
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The automatic nature of evaluative judgments and, in particular, the role of implicit processes in this type of response is a central theme in cognitive psychology. The purpose of the present review is to explore the implications of the automaticity concept in social cognition, with a special emphasis on two well-documented phenomena: affective mis...
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Uno de los principales debates dentro del estudio de la psicología de la emoción concierne a la concepción de las emociones como constructos psicológicos unificados (categoriales/discretos) en contraposición con el enfoque dimensional del episodio emocional. En este marco, el modelo dimensional de Russell (2003) destaca en el panorama académico al...
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Previous research has shown that there are crucial factors influencing moral judgments. The present study addresses the interplay between moral judgments and four factors: (a) incidental affects,(b) sociocultural context, (c) type of dilemma, and (d) the participant’s sex. Suboptimal affective primes (by sexual, pleasant and neutral pictures) were...
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Previous research has identified a set of core factors that influence moral judgments. The present study addresses the interplay between moral judgments and four factors: (a) incidental affects, (b) sociocultural context, (c) type of dilemma, and (d) participant's sex. We asked participants in two different countries (Colombia and Spain) to judge t...
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S2 Appendix: Personal and Impersonal moral dilemmas. (DOCX)
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espanolDiversos estudios sugieren que los juicios morales estan ampliamente sustentados en procesos psicologicos automaticos de naturaleza afectiva. Desde esta perspectiva, el presente estudio tiene como objetivo contrastar si dilemas de diferente naturaleza –moral y no moral– difieren, intrinsecamente, en las dimensiones de valencia y activacion –...
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El papel que desempeñan los procesos implícitos en los juicios evaluativos es objeto central de la investigación en psicología cognitiva. La presente revisión tiene como objetivo profundizar en las implicaciones del concepto de automaticidad evaluativa para la cognición social, con especial énfasis en los errores en la atribución afectiva, y las te...
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The role of cultural variables on automatic evaluative judgments is still a novel empirical topic. Built on previous studies showing that affective priming by mutilation pictures exclusively reduces the severity of moral judgments, the present study addresses the interaction between a particular cultural context (habituated to violent stimuli) and...
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We study the role of sociocultural factors (Colombia vs. Spain) on evaluation of moral judgments. The results suggest that the habituation to violence due to sociocultural context could modulate the effect of affective priming on the evaluative task. Nevertheless, further research is needed about the influence of cultural variables on the effects o...
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The role of cultural variables on automatic evaluative judgments is still a novel empirical topic. Built on previous studies showing that affective priming by mutilation pictures exclusively reduces the severity of moral judgments, the present study addresses the interaction between a particular cultural context (habituated to violent stimuli) and...
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The research from cognitive psychology has found a promising pat h of application in the field of branding and consumer behaviour. In this paper, we review the most striking findings in implicit cognition that are relevant to the research on evaluations and decision making. In doing this, we expect to cl arify the possible scope of cognitive psycho...
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Research from cognitive psychology has found a promising application path in the field of branding and consumer behavior. In this paper, we review the most striking findings in implicit cognition that are relevant to research on evaluations and decision making. By doing so, we expect to clarify the possible scope of cognitive psychology as a potent...
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The need for multidisciplinary approaches to the scientific study of human nature is a widely supported academic claim. This assumption has proved to be especially successful in the field of moral psychology. Although studies of moral topics have been ubiquitous in both humanities and social sciences, it is not until the integration of different sc...
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Diversos estudios realizados durante la última década sugieren que nuestra cognición moral está ampliamente sustentada en procesos psicológicos automáticos. En este contexto, la correspondencia psicológica existente entre ciertos estados corporales y ciertos procesos cognitivos (embodiment) ha sido ampliamente documentada en los estudios relacionad...
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We examined the influence of affective priming on the appreciation of abstract artworks using an evaluative priming task. Facial primes (showing happiness, disgust or no emotion) were presented under brief (Stimulus Onset Asynchrony, SOA = 20ms) and extended (SOA = 300ms) conditions. Differences in aesthetic liking for abstract paintings depending...
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GOALS Previous studies have shown that disgust can shape moral judgments .However, the specificity of this causal relationship remains unclear .The current investigation starts from an affective dimensional point of view that could contribute to clarify this intriguing question. From this conceptual approach, we test how different affective primes...
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"I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after."(Ernest Hemingway). In the last ten years, discoveries about intuitions, emotions and the particular ways in which automatic mechanisms interact with controlled processes have led to the beginning of a new era in the study of morality.Thus, r...
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Previous studies have shown that disgust can shape moral judgments. However, the specificity of this causal relationship remains unclear. The current investigation starts from an affective-dimensional point of view that could contribute to clarify this intriguing question. From this conceptual approach, we test how different affective primes (disgu...
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Previous findings suggest that negative affect biases the perception of affectively congruent facial expressions of emotion, independently of their approach-withdrawal dimension. We study the effects of anger and sadness inductions in the discrimination of three emotion-related facial expressions, with special interest to examine the influence of t...
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http://www.frontiersin.org/10.3389/conf.fnhum.2011.207.00152/1034/xi_international_conference_on/all_events/event_abstract Previous studies have not properly delimited if disgust exerts a domain-specific influence on moral judgments. Additionally, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first experiment investigating how affective priming can in...
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Previous studies have not properly delimited if disgust exerts a domain-specific influence on moral judgments. Additionally, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first experiment investigating how affective priming can influence the moral judgment that a particular participant gives to a particular situation. The present study tests how contex...
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Darwin admitted that the evolution of moral phenomena such as altruism and fairness, which are usually in opposition to the maximization of individual reproductive success, was not easily accounted for by natural selection. Later, authors have proposed additional mechanisms, including kin selection, inclusive fitness, and reciprocal altruism. In th...
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There is a broad agreement that the most notorious traits that set our species apart from any other, those that define our humanity, include language as a means of communication and mental representation, a highly developed moral cognition, and appreciation of beauty, together with art and aesthetics. The greatest obstacle for research on the evolu...

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Hi, I´m looking for a face database for my research on the link between aesthetic and moral evaluations. Therefore, it would be very usefull to find a face database that includes aesthetics ratings (e.g., pretty/neutral/ugly faces).
Thanks!
Antonio
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I´m currently working on an IAT experimental design (using OpenSesame). One of the central points of my study is to test how implicit and explicit measures correlates. In short, I´m using an IAT to test implicit associations between voyeurism and social networks. My idea is to add (at the end of the IAT Open Sesame task) one "sketchpad" with the following question: “In what degree do you associate social networks with voyeurism?” This question would be accompanied by a 5-point Likert scale ranging from 1: “no association at all” to 5: “strong association”. However, at this point, I have some doubts on how is the best way to deal with explicit measures in such experimental design. In particular, do you think it is better to ask for explicit measures at the end or at the beginning of the implicit task? Thanks!
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I am investigating implicit negative attitudes toward bullyng in a particular population. My plan is to run a ST-IAT. However, I am not sure how to deal with the fact that my target category (bullyng items) is by definition negative (unpleasant), which can lead with some confusion when participants are asked to categorize the mentioned items and the attribute items into the three categories (bullyng, positive and negative). In other words, it might be that as a result of its very negative nature, participants will easily mislead the target category (bullyng items) with the negative attribute category (negative but not bullyng/violence items). Does anyone has a suggestion on how to deal with this particularity? Thanks a lot!

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The aim of this project is to study social perception in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keywords: face perception, moral character, trustworthiness, social desirability, creepiness, disgust, social anxiety, pathogen avoidance, implicit social cognition.
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The aim of this project is to shed new light on the "uncanny feeling" and its potential relationship with judgments of bad moral character.
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The aim of this project is to assess relations between Moral Foundations Theory (Haidt & Joseph, 2004) and the Acceptance of Modern Myths about Sexual Aggression (AMMSA) (Gerger, Kley, Bohner & Siebler, 2007) in different countries.