Facial expressions and the ability to recognize emotions from the eyes or mouth: a comparison between children and adults

Guarnera, Maria, Hichy, Zira, Cascio, Maura, Carrubba, Stefano and Buccheri, Stefania L. (2017) Facial expressions and the ability to recognize emotions from the eyes or mouth: a comparison between children and adults. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 178 (6). pp. 309-318. ISSN 0022-1325

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Abstract

The authors sought to contribute to the literature on the ability to recognize anger, happiness, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, and neutral emotions from facial information. They aimed to investigate if-regardless of age-this pattern changes. More specifically, the present study aimed to compare the difference between the performance of adults and 6- to 7-year-old children in detecting emotions from the whole face and a specific face region, namely the eyes and mouth. The findings seem to indicate that, for both groups, recognizing disgust, happiness, and surprise is facilitated when pictures represent the whole face. However, with regard to a specific region, a prevalence for children was not found between the eyes and mouth. Meanwhile, for adults, would seem to detect a greater role of the eye region. Finally, regarding the differences in the performance of emotions recognition, adults are better only in a few cases, whereas children are better in recognizing anger from the mouth.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Psychology
Depositing User: Kevin Sanders
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2018 16:03
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2018 16:03
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5295

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