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Influence of Personality Traits on Processing of Facial Expressions

Elaine Fox and Konstantina Zougkou

in Oxford Handbook of Face Perception

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199559053
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559053.013.0026

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Influence of Personality Traits on Processing of Facial Expressions

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The multitude of facial expressions that humans are capable of is particularly potent in capturing attention. Facial expressions provide crucial information regarding a person's internal state and intentions and therefore the rapid recognition of these expressions can facilitate efficient social interaction. This article reviews evidence from a number of domains and argues that common personality traits—that are distributed normally in the general population—can have a profound influence on the processing of facial expressions. It synthesizes data from behavioral and neuroimaging research to illustrate that these personality traits are an important determinant of emotion processing. The article focuses on the processing of facial emotional expressions paying particular attention to the influence of common personality traits in influencing emotion processing. A complete understanding of the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in the processing of facial expressions, should take individual differences in personality traits into account.

Keywords: facial expressions; personality traits; emotion processing; social interaction; person's internal state

Article.  10315 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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