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Psychological topics, Vol.22 No.2 September 2013. -

Certain facial expressions have been proposed to be signals evolved to communicate a single specific emotion. Evidence to support this view is based primarily on university-educated Western adults. In the current study N=96, university-educated and non-university-educated Americans were asked to label purported facial expressions of happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, and disgust. Participants with no university education were significantly less likely to label the -fear face- as scared or the -disgust face- as disgusted, but more likely to label the -anger face- as angry and the -sad face- as sad. Education was also related to overall use of disgusted and angry – an effect that might help explain differences in labeling faces.

education; recognition; facial expression; universality; emotion

Author: Nicole M. Trauffer - ; Department of Psychology, Boston College, USA Sherri C. Widen - ; Department of Psychology, Boston College



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