How Does Facial Feedback Modulate Emotional Experience?

  title={How Does Facial Feedback Modulate Emotional Experience?},
  author={Joshua Ian Davis and Ann Senghas and Kevin N. Ochsner},
  journal={Journal of research in personality},
  volume={43 5},
Contracting muscles involved in facial expressions (e.g. smiling or frowning) can make emotions more intense, even when unaware one is modifying expression (e.g. Strack, Martin, & Stepper, 1988). However, it is unresolved whether and how inhibiting facial expressions might weaken emotional experience. In the present study, 142 participants watched positive and negative video clips while either inhibiting their facial expressions or not. When hypothesis awareness and effects of distraction were… CONTINUE READING