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Social contacts and loneliness affect the own age bias for emotional faces.

Pizzio, A. P. G., Yankouskaya, A., Alessandri, G., Loreto, S. and Pecchinenda, A., 2022. Social contacts and loneliness affect the own age bias for emotional faces. Scientific Reports, 12, 16134.

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DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-20220-9


Individuals are better at recognizing faces of their own age group (Own Age Bias) but it is unclear whether this bias occurs also for emotional faces and to what extent is affected by loneliness. Young individuals (N = 235) completed an age categorization task on faces of young and old individuals showing neutral, happy, and angry expressions. After a filler task, they categorized as seen or novel the original set of faces intermixed with a new set. Findings showed an Own Age Bias for novel young faces but no evidence that emotion eliminates it. Recognition accuracy was better for emotional faces, but the two factors did not interact. Importantly, low loneliness was linked to an Own Age Bias for novel happy faces. These findings are discussed in the context of current theoretical accounts of the Own Age Bias and of the effects of loneliness on attention and memory.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Anger; Attention; Emotions; Facial Expression; Humans; Loneliness; Recognition, Psychology
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:37706
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:24 Oct 2022 09:52
Last Modified:24 Oct 2022 09:52


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