Explicit recognition of emotional facial expressions is shaped by expertise: evidence from professional actors

Conson, Massimiliano and Ponari, Marta and Monteforte, Eva and Ricciato, Giusy and Sarà, Marco and Grossi, Dario and Trojano, Luigi (2013) Explicit recognition of emotional facial expressions is shaped by expertise: evidence from professional actors. Frontiers in Psychology, 4 (382). ISSN 1664-1078. (doi:https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00382) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Can reading others' emotional states be shaped by expertise? We assessed processing of emotional facial expressions in professional actors trained either to voluntary activate mimicry to reproduce character's emotions (as foreseen by the “Mimic Method”), or to infer others' inner states from reading the emotional context (as foreseen by “Stanislavski Method”). In explicit recognition of facial expressions (Experiment 1), the two experimental groups differed from each other and from a control group with no acting experience: the Mimic group was more accurate, whereas the Stanislavski group was slower. Neither acting experience, instead, influenced implicit processing of emotional faces (Experiment 2). We argue that expertise can selectively influence explicit recognition of others' facial expressions, depending on the kind of “emotional expertise”.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: facial expressions, conscious recognition, emotions, expertise, simulation, mentalizing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: Marta Ponari
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2014 12:42 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 23:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42927 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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