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Judging approachability on the face of it: The influence of face and body expressions on the perception of approachability

Willis, Megan; Palermo, Romina; Burke, Darren

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The aim of the current study was to examine how emotional expressions displayed by the face and body influence the decision to approach or avoid another individual. In Experiment 1, we examined approachability judgments provided to faces and bodies presented in isolation that were displaying angry, happy, and neutral expressions. Results revealed that angry expressions were associated with the most negative approachability ratings, for both faces and bodies. The effect of happy expressions was...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWillis, Megan
dc.contributor.authorPalermo, Romina
dc.contributor.authorBurke, Darren
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:41:20Z
dc.identifier.issn1528-3542
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/57854
dc.description.abstractThe aim of the current study was to examine how emotional expressions displayed by the face and body influence the decision to approach or avoid another individual. In Experiment 1, we examined approachability judgments provided to faces and bodies presented in isolation that were displaying angry, happy, and neutral expressions. Results revealed that angry expressions were associated with the most negative approachability ratings, for both faces and bodies. The effect of happy expressions was shown to differ for faces and bodies, with happy faces judged more approachable than neutral faces, whereas neutral bodies were considered more approachable than happy bodies. In Experiment 2, we sought to examine how we integrate emotional expressions depicted in the face and body when judging the approachability of face-body composite images. Our results revealed that approachability judgments given to face-body composites were driven largely by the facial expression. In Experiment 3, we then aimed to determine how the categorization of body expression is affected by facial expressions. This experiment revealed that body expressions were less accurately recognized when the accompanying facial expression was incongruent than when neutral. These findings suggest that the meaning extracted from a body expression is critically dependent on the valence of the associated facial expression.
dc.publisherAmerican Psychological Association
dc.sourceEmotion
dc.subjectKeywords: adult; anger; article; body movement; decision making; facial expression; female; happiness; human; human experiment; male; social interaction; Adolescent; Adult; Anger; Facial Expression; Female; Happiness; Humans; Interpersonal Relations; Judgment; Male Body expression; Emotion; Facial expression; Social behavior; Social judgments
dc.titleJudging approachability on the face of it: The influence of face and body expressions on the perception of approachability
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume11
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor170112 - Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9912193xPUB417
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWillis, Megan, Macquarie University
local.contributor.affiliationPalermo, Romina, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBurke, Darren, Macquarie University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage514
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage523
local.identifier.doi10.1037/a0022571
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T12:17:45Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79959316666
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