Facial Age Cues Moderate Emotion Recognition on Faces of Children and Young adults

Belinda M. Craig, R. Minkov

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Abstract

Previous research shows that the speed and accuracy of recognising emotional expressions depends on other social information available on faces. For example, the happy categorisation advantage—the faster categorisation of happiness than of other negative expressions—is observed when the expresser is a young adult, but not an older adult. The aim of the current study was to examine how cues of youthfulness rather than old age influence emotion recognition. Across two experiments using faces sourced from different face databases, participants (Experiment 1, N = 148; Experiment 2, N = 192) categorised happy vs. angry, happy vs. fearful, and happy vs. sad expressions on faces of children and young adults as quickly and accurately as possible. Overall, the happy categorisation advantage was significantly larger for child than for adult faces when participants were categorising happiness vs. anger or fear, but not when categorising happiness vs. sadness. These results are most consistent with the evaluative congruence account, which proposes that relatively positive evaluations of children facilitates a larger happy advantage for children’s faces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages127
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event48th Annual Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 25 Apr 201927 Apr 2019
Conference number: 48th
https://sasp.org.au/2019/04/final-program/

Conference

Conference48th Annual Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists
Abbreviated titleSASP 2019
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period25/04/1927/04/19
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