The development of facial emotion recognition: the role of configural information.

Abstract

The development of children's ability to recognize facial emotions and the role of configural information in this development were investigated. In the study, 100 5-, 7-, 9-, and 11-year-olds and 26 adults needed to recognize the emotion displayed by upright and upside-down faces. The same participants needed to recognize the emotion displayed by the top half of an upright or upside-down face that was or was not aligned with a bottom half that displayed another emotion. The results showed that the ability to recognize facial emotion develops with age, with a developmental course that depends on the emotion to be recognized. Moreover, children at all ages and adults exhibited both an inversion effect and a composite effect, suggesting that children rely on configural information to recognize facial emotions.

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@article{Durand2007TheDO, title={The development of facial emotion recognition: the role of configural information.}, author={Karine Durand and Mathieu Gallay and Alix Seigneuric and Fabrice Robichon and Jean-Yves Baudouin}, journal={Journal of experimental child psychology}, year={2007}, volume={97 1}, pages={14-27} }