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Children can discriminate the authenticity of happy but not sad or fearful facial expressions, and use an immature intensity-only strategy

Dawel, Amy; Palermo, Romina; Kearney, Richard; McKone, Elinor


Much is known about development of the ability to label facial expressions of emotion (e.g., as happy or sad), but rather less is known about the emergence of more complex emotional face processing skills. The present study investigates one such advanced skill: the ability to tell if someone is genuinely feeling an emotion or just pretending (i.e., authenticity discrimination). Previous studies have shown that children can discriminate authenticity of happy faces, using expression intensity as...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-05-05
Type: Journal article
Source: Frontiers in Psychology
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00462


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