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[Xmca-l] Re: What Faces Can't Tell Us



But Phillip, this research is saying that we are *not* accurate in recognizing emotions from someone's facial expression! The focus of the article is how poor people's performance was once Ekman's task was modified. The last line, for example, says it all:  "the face isn’t telling the whole story."

Martin

On Mar 5, 2014, at 9:39 PM, White, Phillip <Phillip.White@ucdenver.edu> wrote:

> 
> yes, you're correct, Martin  -  yet at the same time, i'm hesitant just now to accept this research about how accurate we are in the accurate identification of emotions based on facial expressions  -  it strikes me as akin to identifying, say, native americans as preferring cooperative group activities as opposed to anglos americans preferring individual competition.  i would say that i'm needing more definitive research.
> internal contradictions here, perhaps.
> 
> phillip
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> Hi Philip,
> 
> What you've written sounds to me like a critique not of the paper that Peter posted, but of Ekman's approach (The TV show "Lie to me" was based on his work). Lisa Barrett's research apparently reaches the same conclusion as you: we don't read people's emotions on the basis of a single, decontextualized feature such as gaze aversion.
> 
> Martin


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