Friday, November 11, 2011

New study challenges the standard scientific view of emotion perception

"Visual scenes, voices, bodies, other faces, cultural orientation, and even words shape how emotion is perceived in a face, calling into question the still-common assumption that the emotional state of a person is written on and can be read from the face like words on a page."

So does that mean that simple tests of reading facial expressions, such as Baron-Cohen and team's Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test, have limited relevance to real-world emotion perception?

Lisa Feldman Barrett, Batja Mesquita and Maria Gendron
Context in Emotion Perception.
Current Directions in Psychological Science.
October 2011 vol. 20 no. 5 286-290.
doi: 10.1177/0963721411422522

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