Discovering cultural differences (and similarities) in facial expressions of emotion

Chen, C. and Jack, R. E. (2017) Discovering cultural differences (and similarities) in facial expressions of emotion. Current Opinion in Psychology, 17, pp. 61-66. (doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.06.010)

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Understanding the cultural commonalities and specificities of facial expressions of emotion remains a central goal of Psychology. However, recent progress has been stayed by dichotomous debates (e.g., nature versus nurture) that have created silos of empirical and theoretical knowledge. Now, an emerging interdisciplinary scientific culture is broadening the focus of research to provide a more unified and refined account of facial expressions within and across cultures. Specifically, data-driven approaches allow a wider, more objective exploration of face movement patterns that provide detailed information ontologies of their cultural commonalities and specificities. Similarly, a wider exploration of the social messages perceived from face movements diversifies knowledge of their functional roles (e.g., the ‘fear’ face used as a threat display). Together, these new approaches promise to diversify, deepen, and refine knowledge of facial expressions, and deliver the next major milestones for a functional theory of human social communication that is transferable to social robotics.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jack, Professor Rachael and Chen, Dr Chaona
Authors: Chen, C., and Jack, R. E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Current Opinion in Psychology
ISSN (Online):2352-250X
Published Online:22 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Current Opinion in Psychology 17: 61-66
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
590701Mapping the Cultural Landscape of Emotions for Social InteractionRachael JackEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/K001973/1S&E PSY - ADMINISTRATION
591971DADIOS (Data-driven Analysis of the Dynamics of Information-acquisition Over time during Social judgement)Philippe SchynsEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/K00607X/1INP - CENTRE FOR COGNITIVE NEUROIMAGING