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Two ways to facial expression recognition? Motor and visual information have different effects on facial expression recognition

  • Motor-based theories of facial expression recognition propose that the visual perception of facial expression is aided by sensorimotor processes that are also used for the production of the same expression. Accordingly, sensorimotor and visual processes should provide congruent emotional information about a facial expression. Here, we report evidence that challenges this view. Specifically, the repeated execution of facial expressions has the opposite effect on the recognition of a subsequent facial expression than the repeated viewing of facial expressions. Moreover, the findings of the motor condition, but not of the visual condition, were correlated with a nonsensory condition in which participants imagined an emotional situation. These results can be well accounted for by the idea that facial expression recognition is not always mediated by motor processes but can also be recognized on visual information alone.

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Author of HS ReutlingenCurio, Cristóbal
Erschienen in:Psychological Science
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2018
Tag:emotions; facial expressions; motor processes; open data; social cognition; visual perception
Page Number:13
First Page:1257
Last Page:1269
DDC classes:150 Psychologie
Open Access?:Nein
Licence (English):License Logo  Lizenzbedingungen Sage