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When facial expressions do and do not signal minds: the role of face inversion, expression dynamism, and emotion type

Krumhuber, Eva G, Lai, Yukun, Rosin, Paul and Hugenberg, Kurt 2019. When facial expressions do and do not signal minds: the role of face inversion, expression dynamism, and emotion type. Emotion 19 (4) , pp. 746-750. 10.1037/emo0000475

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Abstract

Recent research has linked facial expressions to mind perception. Specifically, Bowling and Banissy (2017) found that ambiguous doll-human morphs were judged as more likely to have a mind when smiling. Herein, we investigate three key potential boundary conditions of this “expression-to-mind” effect. First, we demonstrate that face inversion impairs the ability of happy expressions to signal mindful states in static faces; however, inversion does not disrupt this effect for dynamic displays of emotion. Finally, we demonstrate that not all emotions have equivalent effects. Whereas happy faces generate more mind ascription compared to neutral faces, we find that expressions of disgust actually generate less mind ascription than those of happiness.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 1528-3542
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 May 2018
Date of Acceptance: 15 May 2018
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2019 07:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/111659

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