Reading Emotional Expressions in Context

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Early emotion perception research defined specific combinations of facial movements that signalled specific emotional expressions. It was assumed that these combinations of facial actions would be effortlessly read by observers as the intended expression regardless of who was expressing the emotion, and where and when the expression was encountered. I will present a body of work demonstrating that emotional expressions are recognised in their context. Many aspects of a person and the context they are encountered in can be incorporated into our judgements of others emotional states. These include facial and contextual cues that signal social group memberships (e.g., race, sex, age) as well as other socially significant person attributes (e.g., attractiveness, facial hair, and character information). I will also present work demonstrating that these influences are relative, flexible, and dependent on the social information that is most salient in a given context
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Australasian Society for Social & Affective Neuroscience Annual Conference - Newcastle, Australia
Duration: 18 Jun 201919 Jun 2019
Conference number: 6th


Conference6th Australasian Society for Social & Affective Neuroscience Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleAS4SAN


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