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The development of facial emotion recognition : the role of configural information

Abstract : The development of children's ability to recognize facial emotions and the role of configural information in this development were investigated. In the study, 100 5-, 7-, 9-, and 11-year-olds and 26 adults needed to recognize the emotion displayed by upright and upside-down faces. The same participants needed to recognize the emotion displayed by the top half of an upright or upside-down face that was or was not aligned with a bottom half that displayed another emotion. The results showed that the ability to recognize facial emotion develops with age, with a developmental course that depends on the emotion to be recognized. Moreover, children at all ages and adults exhibited both an inversion effect and a composite effect, suggesting that children rely on configural information to recognize facial emotions.
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Karine Durand, Mathieu Gallay, Alix Seigneuric, Fabrice Robichon, Jean-yves Baudouin. The development of facial emotion recognition : the role of configural information. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Elsevier, 2007, pp.14-27. ⟨10.1016/j.jecp.2006.12.001⟩. ⟨hal-00568168⟩

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