Face to face: blocking facial mimicry can selectively impair recognition of emotional expressions.

@article{Oberman2007FaceTF,
  title={Face to face: blocking facial mimicry can selectively impair recognition of emotional expressions.},
  author={Lindsay M. Oberman and Piotr Winkielman and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran},
  journal={Social neuroscience},
  year={2007},
  volume={2 3-4},
  pages={167-78}
}
People spontaneously mimic a variety of behaviors, including emotional facial expressions. Embodied cognition theories suggest that mimicry reflects internal simulation of perceived emotion in order to facilitate its understanding. If so, blocking facial mimicry should impair recognition of expressions, especially of emotions that are simulated using facial musculature. The current research tested this hypothesis using four expressions (happy, disgust, fear, and sad) and two mimicry-interfering… CONTINUE READING
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