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comm415 notes 3/1 3/3

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Date Created: 03/06/16
3/1 Facial Expression The human face • Major function: convey emotion • + attitudes towards other people and objects • some facial expressions are emblematic Facial “sign Vehicles” • Static: remain constant (qualities of face that never change: face shape, nose, etc.) • Slow: reliability change with age (wrinkles, fat, beard, etc.) • Rapid: change in matter of seconds (facial expressions**) • Artificial: cosmetics or facial treatments used to enhance beauty or combat age Slow Sign Hehicles Predict Mortality- Study • Pictures taken of 292 people 82-84 years old • Students guessed age of pictures • Guesses ranges 63-85 years old • 108 of 292 participants dies in following 6 years • takeaway: the older you look, greater risk of mortality Organization of Face Muscles • Eyes/brows • Nose/cheeks • Mouth 6 Primary Facial Expressions of Emotion- eyes, nose, mouth • 1. happiness/joy- distinguished by eye muscles (fake v. real) • 2. sadness • 3. anger • 4. surprise • 5. disgust • 6. fear • 7 thContempt?? Universal Pride Expression • Happy face, head tilted back, chest out, hands on hips, children at age 4 can identify, isolated African tribal culture can identify, might function to mark/maintain status Facial Feedback Hypothesis • James (peripheralist) muscle activity -> emotion • Cannon (centralist) cognitive appraisal -> emotion • Facial feedback hypothesis – peripheralist • Facial muscle activity -> emotion • Laird- people were happier when they were in a smile expression and angrier when they were in a frown expression Further Evidence of Facial Feedback • Lower eyebrows= mood becomes more negative • Raised eyebrows= more surprised facts • Wrinkled nose= rate odors as more unpleasant Studies continued • Sun-induced frowning= same facial muscle activation as in the expression of anger • Surveyed people walking into sun with or without sunglasses • People without sunglasses (who were squinting) scored higher on measure of anger and aggression Studies Continued • Simulate smiles by holding chopsticks in mouth • Stress: hand in ice cold water for 1 min • People induced to assume a Duchenne smile had lowest heart rate during the stressful task Animal Species Homologous Facial Displays in Nonhuman Primates • Grimace= fear (lips pulled back, looks like smile) • Tense- mouth display= anger • Play face= happiness/joy Primate Facial Encoding and Decoding Executive Monkey- Study * • Monkey I restraining chair • Light goes off, 6 seconds later-shock • Prevent shock with lever press within 6 seconds • Lever was taken away form “stimulus” monkey and given to “responder” monkey • Responder monkey also hooked up • Responder monkey could only see face of stimulus monkey on TV • Responder monkey prevented shocks at a rate of 92% by just watching face of stimulus monkey • Takeaway: Monkeys can read each other’s facial expressions Domestic Dogs Can Decode Human Facial Expressions • Sausage, garlic, or wood shavings hidden in a box • Human looked in box with happy, disgust, or neutral facial expression • Dogs used the experimenter’s happy facial expression to locate hidden food- went to box associated with happy face vs. disgust face 55% of the time 3/3 Facial Expression Infants: Encoding • Facial muscles formed at birth • Distinct expression early infancy • Social smiling 3-4 weeks old, full blown at 3 months • Imitation in 1-2 days • No genuine emotion until 18 months? • Management of emotional expression 6-10 years Infants: Decoding • Adults posed facial expressions to neonates • Neonate’s visual fixation and facial movement was measured • Neonates showed different visual fixation patters in response to different facial expressions • Observer could guess which face was being posed by just observing neonates’ reactions • Average age of neonate subjects= 36 hours • **Born with ability to read human facial expressions** Adults “Phony” Smiles • slightly asymmetrical (stronger on left) aka miserable smile • may occur at socially inappropriate times • do not involve “crinkly-eye” appearance • excessively long apex durations, short onset times, and irregular offset times Smile onset duration • Computer generated images • Smile onset duration 133 vs. 533 vs. Long duration person judged more attractive and trustworthy What will your future be like? Look at your yearbook photo • Positive emotion, personality = personal resource • 1958 college yearbook photo • coded for positive effect (Duchenne Smile) • follow up measures at age 27, 43, 52 • results: o women with ore positive facial effect were rated higher on affiliation, competence, and lower in negativity o observers expected rewarding interaction o positive emotion=more likely to be married at 27, less likely to be single into middle adulthood o positive emotion= higher marital satisfaction at age 52 o global well-being (emotional and physical health) higher at 21, 27, 43, and 52 Cross Cultural Issues • Encoding and decoding of primary facial emotions is universal • Research with remote cultures has ruled out social learning of facial emotions • Children born blind and deaf show same expressions of emotion • …but, DISPLAY RULES • In social situations, facial expressions of Japanese and American students differ- but not when they were alone • **part of DNA/Biology to use facial expressions** Decoding Different Emotions • Easiest= happiness • 2. Sadness • 3. Anger • 4. Fear • 5. Disgust • 6. Surprise • positive emotions are easier to decode than negative emotions in the face Sex differences in decoding facial expressions • Females decode better than males • Sex difference already evident in childhood • 53% of girls perform above average • 46% of boys perform above average • no increase in the sex different over time • neurobehavioral maturation model (early in life) • social scaffolding model (later in childhood) Decoding Facial Emotion and Gender • gender-neutral computer images • varying expressions of anger and happiness • subjects were quicker to label angry faces as male and happy faces as females signals for facial expression of emotion and masculinity/femininity have merged over time Alcoholism and Facial Decoding • Recovering alcoholics and control subjects viewed slides • Multiple choice test • Lower accuracy in alcoholic group • Unaware of their deficit • More interpersonal problems in alcoholic group • These were negatively associated with their performance on the facial recognition task Poor facial emotion decoding in alcoholism • Meta analysis of 19 studies with 1352 participants • Alcoholics performed more poorly then non-alcoholics on facial emotion recognition d=-0.67 Autism and Facial Decoding • Autism: expressive and receptive communication deficit • Adults with and without autism shown faces and shapes • Press button for face or circle • fMRI while performing task (brain scanner) • autism and control group performed as well at face and shape recognition • BUT different brain regions were activated • Autism: aberrant and individual-specific regions were activated (compared to amygdala in controls) Social Anxiety and Decoding Facial Expression • Social anxiety: over-aroused in social situations • Children shown photos of positive, negative, or neutral facial expressions • Press different button for positive, neutral, or negative • Anxious and non-anxious children had comparable performance • But anxious children saw emotion in neutral faces • Anxious children took longer to respond Socially Anxious Dwell on Threatening Faces • Neutral or threatening faces presented to young adults with and without social anxiety • People with social anxiety spent significantly longer time looking at the threatening faces, but not the neutral faces


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