Emotion Recognition

Ralph Adolphs and Vanessa Janowski

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342161
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Emotion Recognition

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The ability to infer other people’s emotional states is a hallmark of human social behavior. Emotion recognition plays a crucial role in our social lives not only because it enables us to understand and predict other people’s actions, but also because it provides us with a mirror of their evaluations of us. This chapter begins with an overview of emotion recognition with a focus on vision. It then provides an update on recognizing emotion from facial expressions, the largest topic in the literature. It concludes with a summary of visual emotion recognition from cues other than facial expressions, and ends with brief speculations on how emotion recognition may be changing in light of electronic media and the Internet, a topic ripe for further investigation.

Keywords: emotion recognition; amygdala; patient SM; insula; body posture; basic emotions; fear recognition; facial expression; bubbles method

Article.  8926 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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