Matching faces with emotional expressions.

Chen, W., Lander, K. and Liu, C., 2011. Matching faces with emotional expressions. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, p. 206.

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DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00206


There is some evidence that faces with a happy expression are recognized better than faces with other expressions. However, little is known about whether this happy-face advantage also applies to perceptual face matching, and whether similar differences exist among other expressions. Using a sequential matching paradigm, we systematically compared the effects of seven basic facial expressions on identity recognition. Identity matching was quickest when a pair of faces had an identical happy/sad/neutral expression, poorer when they had a fearful/surprise/angry expression, and poorest when they had a disgust expression. Faces with a happy/sad/fear/surprise expression were matched faster than those with an anger/disgust expression when the second face in a pair had a neutral expression. These results demonstrate that effects of facial expression on identity recognition are not limited to happy-faces when a learned face is immediately tested. The results suggest different influences of expression in perceptual matching and long-term recognition memory.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:facial expression; identity recognition; face matching
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:23999
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:17 Jun 2016 14:06
Last Modified:10 Aug 2016 10:35


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