Face to face: Previously viewed faces can alter the influence of social categories on emotion recognition

Belinda M. Craig, Ottmar V. Lipp

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Abstract

The way facial expressions of emotion are recognized is influenced by other social information present in the face. For example, facial cues indicating a person’s race, age, and sex can influence the speed and accuracy with which an emotional expression is recognized. Current theories explaining why social category cues influence emotional expression recognition are focused on processes occurring on the observation of a single face. We demonstrate that these explanations are insufficient. Across a range of studies, participants labeled expressions on male and female or Black and White faces. Results demonstrate that other recently viewed faces, both within the task and in recently completed tasks, change how social cues influence emotion recognition. It is proposed that the characteristics of other recently observed faces elicit a social context that prioritizes the processing of particular aspects of the face and diminishes the importance of others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages81
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event44th Annual Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists - Newcastle, Australia
Duration: 9 Apr 201511 Apr 2015
Conference number: 44th

Conference

Conference44th Annual Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists
Abbreviated titleSASP
CountryAustralia
CityNewcastle
Period9/04/1511/04/15

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