A Cross-Cultural Investigation of the Influence of Facial Race and Sex cues on Emotion Recognition

Ottmar V. Lipp, Belinda M. Craig, Jing-Pu Zhang

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Abstract

The magnitude of the happy categorisation advantage, the faster recognition of happiness than negative expressions, is influenced by facial race and sex cues. Previous studies have investigated these effects using predominantly Caucasian samples. To determine whether these influences generalise across cultures, Caucasian (Experiments 1 and 2) and Chinese participants (Experiment 2) categorised happy and angry expressions displayed on ownrace male faces presented with emotional other-race male, own-race female, and otherrace female faces in separate tasks. Although results suggested some differences across cultures, the task specific influence of social category cues on the happy categorisation advantage on own-race male faces was not influenced by participant ethnicity. The happy categorisation advantage was present for own- and other-race female, but not own-race male faces when they were categorised together, and present for own-race male faces when they were encountered with other-race male faces. Results suggest cross-cultural similarity in the influence of social category cues on emotion categorisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages62
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event44th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology - Shoal Bay, Australia
Duration: 19 Apr 201722 Apr 2017
Conference number: 44th

Conference

Conference44th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology
Abbreviated titleEPC
CountryAustralia
CityShoal Bay
Period19/04/1722/04/17

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