5 thoughts on “Sustainable Prospects – Facial Expressions

  1. I’m interested as to whether the researchers used real situations where they photographed participants and then asked them to describe what they were feeling at the time or asked them to portray emotions. I had a quick look on the web but couldn’t find anything.

    1. In the article it says “The experimenter taking the subject’s pictures suggested a possible situation that may cause each facial expression, e.g., disgust would be expressed when smelling a bad odor. This was crucial to correctly produce compound emotions. For example, happily surprised is produced when receiving wonderful, unexpected news, whereas angrily surprised is expressed when a person does something unexpectedly wrong to you. Subjects were also shown a few sample pictures. . . Subjects were not instructed to try to look exactly the same as the exemplar photos. Rather, subjects were encouraged to express each emotion category as clearly as possible while expressing their meaning (i.e., in the example situation described by the experimenter). A verbal definition of each category accompanies the sample picture. Then the suggested situation was given. Finally, the subject produced the facial expression.” (Du, Tao and Martinez, 2014: 7)

      Hope this helps. 🙂

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