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Smiling and sad wrinkles: Age-related changes in the face and the perception of emotions and intentions.
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PMID:  23144501     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
There is a common belief that wrinkles in the aging face reflect frequently experienced emotions and hence resemble these affective displays. This implies that the wrinkles and folds in elderly faces interfere with the perception of other emotions currently experienced by the elderly as well as with the inferences perceivers draw from these expressions. Whereas there is ample research on the impact of aging on emotion recognition, almost no research has focused on how emotions expressed by the elderly are perceived by others. The present research addresses this latter question. Young participants rated the emotion expressions and behavioral intentions of old and young faces displaying identical expressions. The findings suggest that emotions shown on older faces have reduced signal clarity and may consequently have less impact on inferences regarding behavioral intentions. Both effects can be expected to have negative consequences for rapport achieved in everyday interactions involving the elderly.
Authors:
Ursula Hess; Reginald B Adams; Annie Simard; Michael T Stevenson; Robert E Kleck
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental social psychology     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0022-1031     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Soc Psychol     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0045332     Medline TA:  J Exp Soc Psychol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1377-1380     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Humboldt-University, Berlin.
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