Context in Emotion Perception

  title={Context in Emotion Perception},
  author={Lisa Feldman Barrett and Batja Mesquita and Maria Gendron},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={286 - 290}
We review recent work demonstrating consistent context effects during emotion perception. Visual scenes, voices, bodies, other faces, cultural orientation, and even words shape how emotion is perceived in a face, calling into question the still-common assumption that the emotional state of a person is written on and can be read from the face like words on a page. Incorporating context during emotion perception appears to be routine, efficient, and, to some degree, automatic. This evidence… 

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