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Title: Facial race and sex cues have a comparable influence on emotion recognition in Chinese and Australian participants
Contributor(s): Craig, Belinda M  (author); Zhang, Jing (author); Lipp, Ottmar V (author)
Publication Date: 2017-10
Early Online Version: 2017-07-05
DOI: 10.3758/s13414-017-1364-z
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Abstract: The magnitude of the happy categorisation advantage, the faster recognition of happiness than negative expressions, is influenced by facial race and sex cues. Previous studies have investigated these relationships using racial outgroups stereotypically associated with physical threat in predominantly Caucasian samples. To determine whether these influences generalise to stimuli representing other ethnic groups and to participants of different ethnicities, Caucasian Australian (Experiments 1 and 2) and Chinese participants (Experiment 2) categorised happy and angry expressions displayed on own-race male faces presented with emotional other-race male, own-race female, and other-race female faces in separate tasks. The influence of social category cues on the happy categorisation advantage was similar in the Australian and Chinese samples. In both samples, the happy categorisation advantage was present for own-race male faces when they were encountered with other-race male faces but reduced when own-race male faces were categorised along with female faces. The happy categorisation advantage was present for own-race and other-race female faces when they were encountered with own-race male faces in both samples. Results suggest similarity in the influence of social category cues on emotion categorisation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/DP150101540
Source of Publication: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 79(7), p. 2212-2223
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1943-3921
Field of Research (FOR): 170113 Social and Community Psychology
170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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