The ability to understand facial expressions is an important part of nonverbal communication. If you only listen to what a person says and ignore what that person's face is telling you, then you really only have half the story. Often, words do not match emotions, and the face betrays what a person is actually feeling. You might have trouble with eye contact or read too much into negative expressions on other people's faces.
Related to: Estud. Campinas ;30 2 : 0. Recognition of facial expressions in children, young adults and elderly people. The present study evaluated the recognition of facial expressions in different ages, using groups composed of: 1 21 children with a mean age of 7. In the tests, participants were asked to identify facial expressions of happiness, sadness, fear and anger of different emotional intensities. The results indicated that the young adults performed better in recognizing facial expressions when compared to the children and elderly people.
Identifying and detecting facial expressions of emotion in peripheral vision
Facial expressions of emotion are signals of high biological value. Whilst recognition of facial expressions has been much studied in central vision, the ability to perceive these signals in peripheral vision has only seen limited research to date, despite the potential adaptive advantages of such perception. In the present experiment, we investigate facial expression recognition and detection performance for each of the basic emotions plus neutral at up to 30 degrees of eccentricity. We demonstrate, as expected, a decrease in recognition and detection performance with increasing eccentricity, with happiness and surprised being the best recognized expressions in peripheral vision.
Researchers found that the previously recognised six emotional states were just the tip of the iceberg. From happy to disgustedly surprised, scientists have identified 21 different facial expressions. The research, which was carried out using new computer software, more than triples the long-accepted figure of six emotional states. That tells us that these 21 emotions are expressed in the same way by nearly everyone, at least in our culture.