Cross cultural differences in face processing and emotion recognition

Truong, Thao-Tien (2012). Cross cultural differences in face processing and emotion recognition Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Truong, Thao-Tien
Thesis Title Cross cultural differences in face processing and emotion recognition
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10-10
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Julia Hocking
Total pages 97
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Face processing and emotion recognition are often focal points in psychological research, but seldom have these two areas been integrated in one study. The current study aimed to combine these two areas of research by investigating cross cultural differences in face processing and emotion recognition. Participants (N=90) of either Australian-Caucasian or Chinese-Asian nationalities were required to detect the emotion shown on photographs of Caucasian and Asian adult males and females. These photographs were either of the whole face, the eyes only or the mouth only (part-faces). Participants were measured on their reaction time and their key press responses for accuracy. The results revealed several important points. Firstly, there was a significant main effect of configuration. There was also a significant effect of configuration and poser nationality, revealing that there was an effect of poser nationality of configuration methods. Secondly, there was a main effect of poser nationality, with participants demonstrating a strong bias towards Caucasian faces. Lastly, there was a significant main effect of emotion; and an interaction between poser and emotion. This revealed an effect of poser nationality on emotion. The theoretical and practical implications of the current study were discussed as well as future research directions.
Keyword Cross cultural differences
Face processing
Emotion recognition

 
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