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Facial electromyography and emotional reactions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2274612     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this paper is to review data from my laboratory, which were collected in an attempt to determine whether the facial EMG response is a general component of the emotional reaction. In a number of studies it was found that facial reactions: first, are spontaneously elicited and differ according to the kind of emotional stimuli to which subjects are exposed; second, are sensitive to learning; third, are consistent with how the subjects perceive the stimuli and their own specific emotions; fourth, are congruent with autonomic responses; fifth, are more pronounced for females than for males; and finally, differ among subjects with specific fears. These data converge to indicate that facial muscle activity is a general component of the emotional reaction and demonstrate that the facial EMG technique is a sensitive tool for measuring emotional reactions.
U Dimberg
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychophysiology     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0048-5772     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychophysiology     Publication Date:  1990 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-02-28     Completed Date:  1991-02-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0142657     Medline TA:  Psychophysiology     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  481-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Uppsala, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Arousal / physiology*
Emotions / physiology*
Facial Expression*
Facial Muscles / physiology*

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