Electromyographic evidence for age-related differences in the mimicry of anger

Bailey, Phoebe E., Henry, Julie D. and Nangle, Matthew R. (2009) Electromyographic evidence for age-related differences in the mimicry of anger. Psychology and Aging, 24 1: 224-229. doi:10.1037/a0014112

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Author Bailey, Phoebe E.
Henry, Julie D.
Nangle, Matthew R.
Title Electromyographic evidence for age-related differences in the mimicry of anger
Journal name Psychology and Aging   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0882-7974
Publication date 2009-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0014112
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 224
End page 229
Total pages 6
Place of publication Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Although older adults have difficulty recognizing all facial emotions, they have particular difficulty decoding expressions of anger. Since disruption of facial mimicry impairs emotion recognition, electromyography of the corrugator supercilii (i.e., brow) muscle region was used to test whether there are age differences in anger mimicry. Associations between mimicry and emotion recognition were also assessed. The results indicated that although there were no age differences in anger mimicry, older (but not young) adults’ corrugator responses to angry expressions were associated with reduced anger recognition. Implications for understanding emotion recognition difficulties in older adulthood are discussed.
Keyword Electromyography
Anger recognition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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