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Tag: Facial Expression

The average facial expression of a crowd influences impressions of individual expressions

Published in: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Volume 44, Issue 2, 311-319 Abstract “People can accurately assess the “mood of a crowd” by rapidly extracting the average intensity of all the individual expressions, when the crowd consists of a set of faces comprising different expressions of the same individual. Here, we investigate the processes involved when people judge the expression intensity of individual faces that appear in the context of a more naturalistic crowd of different individuals’ faces. We show that judgments of the intensity of happy and angry expressions for individual faces are biased toward the group… Read More

Attentional capture by irrelevant emotional distractor faces is contingent on implicit attentional settings

Published in: Cognition and Emotion, Volume 32, Issue 2, 303-314 Abstract “Although expressions of facial emotion hold a special status in attention relative to other complex objects, whether they summon our attention automatically and against our intentions remains a debated issue. Studies supporting the strong view that attentional capture by facial expressions of emotion is entirely automatic reported that a unique (singleton) emotional face distractor interfered with search for a target that was also unique on a different dimension. Participants could therefore search for the odd-one out face to locate the target and attentional capture by irrelevant emotional faces might be… Read More

Differences in holistic processing do not explain cultural differences in the recognition of facial expression

Published in: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Volume 70, Issue 12, 2445-2459 Abstract “The aim of this study was to investigate the causes of the own-race advantage in facial expression perception. In Experiment 1, we investigated Western Caucasian and Chinese participants’ perception and categorization of facial expressions of six basic emotions that included two pairs of confusable expressions (fear and surprise; anger and disgust). People were slightly better at identifying facial expressions posed by own-race members (mainly in anger and disgust). In Experiment 2, we asked whether the own-race advantage was due to differences in the holistic processing of facial… Read More