Facial expressions have communicative properties that bear some importance to perceivers. Such expressions are informative with respect to the future behavior of the expressing individual and with respect to the conditions of the broader social environment. This article argues that appropriate responses to facial expressions are an important means by which people adapt to their social ecology. The immediate responses to facial expressions depend on contextual factors. It is more important for individuals to adapt to the ingroup than to other groups, for this reason people should exhibit special sensitivity to ingroup facial expressions. It reviews the literature regarding the role of context in the recognition of facial expressions and regarding group membership and emotion recognition, with a special emphasis on the role of culture. It focuses on facial expressions of emotion if only because of available empirical literature.
Facial expressions, cultural difference, empathy
35 Facial Expressions That Convey Emotions Across Cultures | Psychology Today
Verified by Psychology Today. The Athlete's Way. Do you find it difficult to choose the perfect smiley-face emoji when trying to convey happy emotions in a text message? Although many emojis look very similar, it seems there are countless slightly different happy emoji faces. Which is the most popular? An analysis of text messages sent by Android and iOS devices found that "Face with Tears of Joy" was the most popular. In , Oxford Dictionaries named it their official Word of the Year.
Cultural Differences in Facial Expressions
Research by scientists from the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow has challenged the traditional view that there are six basic emotions expressed and recognised across different cultures — happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise and disgust. Their work which has received much media attention, not only suggests there are four basic emotions, but that the way these facial signals are interpreted differs across cultures. This study by the Glasgow team, and the resulting Generative Facial Grammar, offers possibilities for tools to be developed to aid cross-cultural empathy and understanding.
Verified by Psychology Today. The Athlete's Way. Do you find it difficult to choose the perfect smiley-face emoji when trying to convey happy emotions in a text message? Although many emojis look very similar, it seems there are countless slightly different happy emoji faces. Which is the most popular?