The Influence of Family Expressiveness, Individuals' Own Emotionality, and Self-Expressiveness on Perceptions of Others' Facial Expressions


Journal Article

To examine individual differences in decoding facial expressions, college students judged type and emotional intensity of emotional faces at five intensity levels and completed questionnaires on family expressiveness, emotionality, and self-expressiveness. For decoding accuracy, family expressiveness was negatively related, with strongest effects for more prototypical faces, and self-expressiveness was positively related. For perceptions of emotional intensity, family expressiveness was positively related, emotionality tended to be positively related, and self-expressiveness tended to be negatively related; these findings were all qualified by level of ambiguity/clarity of the facial expressions. Decoding accuracy and perceived emotional intensity also related positively with each other. Results suggest that even simple facial judgments are made through an interpretive lens partially created by family expressiveness, individuals' own emotionality, and self-expressiveness. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Halberstadt, AG; Dennis, PA; Hess, U

Published Date

  • January 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 35 - 50

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0191-5886

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10919-010-0099-5

Citation Source

  • Scopus