Transmitting and decoding facial expressions.

Smith, M.L., Gosselin, F., Cottrell, G.W. and Schyns, P.G. (2005) Transmitting and decoding facial expressions. Psychological Science(16), pp. 753-761.

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Abstract

Considering the human face as a transmitter of expression signals, if it has evolved to optimize transmission, the basic facial expressions should have minimal overlap in their information. Considering the brain as a decoder of expression signals, if it has evolved to optimize categorization of expressions, it should be efficient with the information available from the transmitter for the task. Here, we characterize the information underlying the recognition of the six basic facial expression signals and evaluate how efficiently each expression is decoded by the underlying brain structures.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schyns, Professor Philippe
Authors: Smith, M.L., Gosselin, F., Cottrell, G.W., and Schyns, P.G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:Psychological Science

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