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Biography [eng]

I did my Ph.D. thesis on the processing of emotional facial expressions, particularly regarding automatic (non-conscious) autonomic physiological responses. In general, I can consider my main area of research to be in the field of psychology of emotions, principally in the relationship between basic cognitive processes (attention, memory, and learning) and affective reactions. A central topic has been the study of attentional biases to emotionally relevant stimuli, both threatening (angry faces, snakes and spiders) and with positive valence (e.g., food).

Biography [swe]

Min avhandling handlade om kognitiv bearbetning av emotionella ansiktsuttryck, särskilt när det gäller automatiska (icke-medvetna) autonoma fysiologiska responsen. Allmänt kan jag betrakta mitt forskningshuvudområde inom emotionspsykologi, främst i studie av sambandet mellan grundläggande kognitiva processer (uppmärksamhet, minne och inlärning) och affektiva reaktioner. Ett centralt tema har varit studie av uppmärksamhetsbias till emotionella relevanta stimuli, både hotande (arga ansikten, ormar och spindlar) och med positiv valens (t ex mat).

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Silva, C., Jover, C., Da Fonseca, D., Esteves, F. & Deruelle, C. (2020). Acting on observed social exclusion and pro-social behaviour in autism spectrum disorder. Autism, 24(1), 233-245
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Acting on observed social exclusion and pro-social behaviour in autism spectrum disorder
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2020 (English)In: Autism, ISSN 1362-3613, E-ISSN 1461-7005, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 233-245Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Humans are commonly motivated towards cooperation and prosociality. In this study, we examined this motivational predisposition in autistic individuals. Using an adaptation of the Cyberball paradigm, we investigated subsequent pro-social behaviour after witnessing social exclusion. Participants witnessed and played a series of Cyberball games, rated their affective state and valued emotional faces with respect to their approachability. Results showed that participants from both groups were aware of the social exclusion. However, while neurotypically developing participants engaged in pro-social behaviour in reaction to the exclusion, autistic participants showed less alterations, in terms of either behaviour or affective state. The current findings suggest a distinct motivational drive and processing of social reward stimuli in autism, which may result in behavioural responses divergent from typical development when engaging in the social world.

Keywords
autism spectrum disorder, motivation drive, observed social exclusion, pro-social behaviour, social reward
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-36833 (URN)10.1177/1362361319857578 (DOI)000503693900019 ()31238707 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85068313235 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-08-12 Created: 2019-08-12 Last updated: 2020-02-20Bibliographically approved
Esteves, F. (2019). Attention, eating disorders and body dissatisfaction. Journal of neural transmission, 126(11)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Attention, eating disorders and body dissatisfaction
2019 (English)In: Journal of neural transmission, ISSN 0300-9564, E-ISSN 1435-1463, Vol. 126, no 11Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
National Category
Neurology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38461 (URN)000492662200023 ()
Note

International Congress of the World-Association-for-Stress-Related-and-Anxiety-Disorders (WASAD), Wurzburg, GERMANY, OCT 03-05, 2019

Available from: 2020-02-19 Created: 2020-02-19 Last updated: 2020-02-19Bibliographically approved
Petisca, S., Esteves, F. & Paiva, A. (2019). Cheating with robots: how at ease do they make us feel?. In: 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS): . Paper presented at 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). IEEE
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cheating with robots: how at ease do they make us feel?
2019 (English)In: 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), IEEE, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

People are not perfect, and if given the chance, some will be dishonest with no regrets. Some people will cheat just a little to gain some advantage, and others will not do it at all. With the prospect of more human-robot interactions in the future, it will become very important to understand which kind of roles a robot can have in the regulation of cheating behavior. We investigated whether people will cheat while in the presence of a robot and to what extent this depends on the role the robot plays. We ran a study to test cheating behavior with a die task, and allocated people to one of the following conditions: 1) participants were alone in the room while doing the task; 2) with a robot with a vigilant role or 3) with a robot that had a supporting role in the task, accompanying and giving instructions. Our results showed that participants cheated significantly more than chance when they were alone or with the robot giving instructions. In contrast, cheating could not be proven when the robot presented a vigilant role. This study has implications for human-robot interaction and for the deployment of autonomous robots in sensitive roles in which people may be prone to dishonest behavior.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE, 2019
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38311 (URN)10.1109/IROS40897.2019.8967790 (DOI)2-s2.0-85081167786 (Scopus ID)978-1-7281-4004-9 (ISBN)
Conference
2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Available from: 2020-01-30 Created: 2020-01-30 Last updated: 2020-03-25Bibliographically approved
Margalhos, P., Esteves, F., Vila, J. & Arriaga, P. (2019). Emotional Impact and Perceived Effectiveness of Text-Only versus Graphic Health Warning Tobacco Labels on Adolescents. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 22
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emotional Impact and Perceived Effectiveness of Text-Only versus Graphic Health Warning Tobacco Labels on Adolescents
2019 (English)In: The Spanish Journal of Psychology, ISSN 1138-7416, E-ISSN 1988-2904, Vol. 22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study of smoking in adolescence is of major importance as nicotine dependence often begins in younger groups. Tobacco health warnings have been introduced to inform people of the negative consequences of smoking. This study assessed the emotions and perceived effectiveness of two formats of tobacco warnings on adolescents: Text-only versus graphic warning labels. In addition, we analyzed how emotions predicted their perceived effectiveness. In a cross-sectional study, 413 adolescents (131 smokers, 282 non-smokers) between 13-20 years of age rated their emotions (valence and arousal) and perceived effectiveness towards a set of tobacco warnings. Results showed that graphic warnings evoked higher arousal than text-only warning labels (p =.038). Most of the warning labels also evoked unpleasantness with smokers reporting higher unpleasantness regarding text-only warnings compared to non-smokers (p =.002). In contrast, perceived effectiveness of the warnings was lower in smokers than in non-smokers (p =.029). Finally, high arousal and being a non-smoker explained 14% of the variance of perceiving the warnings more effective. Given the role that warnings may play in increasing health awareness, these findings highlight how smoking status and emotions are important predictors of the way adolescents consider tobacco health labels to be effective.

Keywords
adolescents, emotions, perceived effectiveness, tobacco health labels
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-36196 (URN)10.1017/sjp.2019.20 (DOI)000466306000002 ()30994083 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85064993969 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-05-22 Created: 2019-05-22 Last updated: 2020-02-20Bibliographically approved
Champoux-Larsson, M.-F., Dylman, A., Örnkloo, H. & Esteves, F. (2019). Identification of facial expressions of emotion by 4-year-old children from different linguistic environments. International Journal of Bilingualism, 23(5), 1208-1219
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Identification of facial expressions of emotion by 4-year-old children from different linguistic environments
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Bilingualism, ISSN 1367-0069, E-ISSN 1756-6878, Vol. 23, no 5, p. 1208-1219Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The current study investigated the identification of facial expressions of emotion, a socio-emotional task that has not previously been examined in children from different linguistic environments. Eighty-four 4-year-olds growing up in one of three linguistic environments (monolingual, dominant bilingual, balanced bilingual) performed a task where they identified facial expressions (happiness, anger, sadness, fear). Accuracy was analysed with a mixed-design analysis of variance using group (monolinguals, dominant bilinguals and balanced bilinguals) and emotion (happy, angry, sad and scared) as between- and within-group variables, respectively. Our results showed a main effect of emotion, but there was no main effect of group. This suggests that 4-year-olds’ linguistic environment does not affect performance on an identification of facial expressions task. This study was the first to investigate the identification of facial expressions of emotion in children coming from different linguistic environments. As the socio-emotional development of bilinguals is not yet well understood, especially regarding the visual perception of emotions, this study is amongst the first to contribute to this area of research. Our results are therefore of significance as a building block for additional studies that should explore the visual perception of emotions in other types of tasks and populations.

Keywords
Facial expression of emotion, socio-emotional development, linguistic environment, language exposure, emotion perception
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33781 (URN)10.1177/1367006918781069 (DOI)000485962600020 ()2-s2.0-85048768132 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-06-14 Created: 2018-06-14 Last updated: 2019-11-12Bibliographically approved
Champoux-Larsson, M.-F., Dylman, A. & Esteves, F. (2018). Bilingualism and social flexibility. In: : . Paper presented at Social Communication Across the Lifespan, University of Kent, Canterbury, England, 27th-29th June, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bilingualism and social flexibility
2018 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34043 (URN)
Conference
Social Communication Across the Lifespan, University of Kent, Canterbury, England, 27th-29th June, 2018
Available from: 2018-06-29 Created: 2018-06-29 Last updated: 2018-07-03Bibliographically approved
Champoux-Larsson, M.-F., Dylman, A. & Esteves, F. (2018). Bilinguals' social flexibility. In: : . Paper presented at International Conference on Bilingualism and Cognition, Pilani Goa Campus, India,November 1-3, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bilinguals' social flexibility
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34848 (URN)
Conference
International Conference on Bilingualism and Cognition, Pilani Goa Campus, India,November 1-3, 2018
Available from: 2018-11-02 Created: 2018-11-02 Last updated: 2018-11-14Bibliographically approved
Santos, I. F., Machado, P. P. & Esteves, F. (2018). Development and validation of the Portuguese version of the Eating Disorder Diagnostic Scale. Ansiedad y Estres, 24(2-3), 81-89
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development and validation of the Portuguese version of the Eating Disorder Diagnostic Scale
2018 (English)In: Ansiedad y Estres, ISSN 1134-7937, Vol. 24, no 2-3, p. 81-89Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents the psychometric properties for the Portuguese population of a brief self-report scale for diagnosing anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge-eating disorder (BED): the Eating Disorder Diagnostic Scale (Stice et al., 2000). Method: To study the psychometric properties of EDDS, an exploratory factor analysis was done first, followed by a confirmatory factor analysis. Results: The results of the exploratory factor analysis revealed the existence of three components and the confirmatory factor analysis showed a structure with three latent variables (Body and Weight Concerns, Binge Eating Behaviour and Compensatory Behaviours), with a second order variable (Eating Disorder Symptoms) with a good adjustment fit. The internal consistency and the test–retest correlations revealed an adequate reliability and the inter-correlations of the EDDS subscales with other measures of the same and different constructs, supported the convergent and discriminant validity of this measure. Conclusions: Summing up, the EDDS seems to be a useful measure to assess eating disorders symptomatology in the Portuguese population. 

Keywords
Eating disorders, EDDS, Psychometric properties
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34597 (URN)10.1016/j.anyes.2018.07.002 (DOI)000454357400005 ()2-s2.0-85052726752 (Scopus ID)
Note

[Desarrollo y validación de la versión portuguesa de la Escala de Diagnóstico del Trastorno Alimentario]

Available from: 2018-10-03 Created: 2018-10-03 Last updated: 2019-03-27Bibliographically approved
Ruiz Padial, E., Esteves, F., Thayer, J., Mata Martin, J. L. & Reyes del Paso, G. (2018). Relationship Between Brain And Heart Responses In Exogenous Attention To Humor And Incongruence: Preliminary Results. Paper presented at 58th Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Psychophysiological-Research, Quebec City, CANADA, OCT 03-07, 2018. Psychophysiology, 55(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Relationship Between Brain And Heart Responses In Exogenous Attention To Humor And Incongruence: Preliminary Results
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2018 (English)In: Psychophysiology, ISSN 0048-5772, E-ISSN 1469-8986, Vol. 55, no 1Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2018
Keywords
Humor; Attention; Event-related Potentials
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35856 (URN)000453539300486 ()
Conference
58th Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Psychophysiological-Research, Quebec City, CANADA, OCT 03-07, 2018
Available from: 2019-03-25 Created: 2019-03-25 Last updated: 2019-03-25Bibliographically approved
Esteves, F., Bernhardsson, J., Jansson, B. & Sundin, Ö. (2017). Emotional arousal and attention bias to female body shapes. In: : . Paper presented at 57 Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Vienna, Austria, October 11-15, 2017 (pp. s151-s151). , 54
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emotional arousal and attention bias to female body shapes
2017 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33459 (URN)000415045300606 ()
Conference
57 Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Vienna, Austria, October 11-15, 2017
Available from: 2018-04-08 Created: 2018-04-08 Last updated: 2019-05-28Bibliographically approved
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