Keywords

emotion perception, emotion, perceptual similarity, facial expression recognition, context

Abstract

Face perception is susceptible to contextual influence and perceived physical similarities between emotion cues. However, studies often use structurally homogeneous facial expressions, making it difficult to explore how within-emotion variability in facial configuration affects emotion perception. This study examined the influence of context on the emotional perception of categorically identical, yet physically distinct, facial expressions of disgust. Participants categorized two perceptually distinct disgust facial expressions, "closed" (i.e., scrunched nose, closed mouth) and "open" (i.e., scrunched nose, open mouth, protruding tongue), that were embedded in contexts comprising emotion postures and scenes. Results demonstrated that the effect of nonfacial elements was significantly stronger for "open" disgust facial expressions than "closed" disgust facial expressions. These findings provide support that physical similarity within discrete categories of facial expressions in mutable and plays an important role in affective face perception.

Original Publication Citation

Reschke, P. J., Walle, E., A, Knothe, J., M., & Lopez, L. D. (2019). The influence of context on distinct facial expressions of disgust. Emotion, 19, 365-370.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2018-06-11

Publisher

Emotion

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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