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Effects of age and emotional intensity on the recognition of facial emotion.
Exp Aging Res. 2008 Jan-Mar; 34(1):63-79.EA

Abstract

Older adults have a specific deficit in their ability to identify some negative facial emotions. The present study investigated the influence of intensity of expression on 40 young and 40 older adults' recognition of facial expressions of emotion. Older adults showed no impairment in the perception of low-intensity subtle expressions of happiness, surprise, and disgust. However, older adults were worse at recognizing all intensities of sadness, anger, and fear, with the greatest impairment at 50% intensity. Observed age differences were not influenced by covarying general facial processing skills, but were substantially reduced when a measure of general cognitive functioning was covaried. The current study suggests that age differences in identifying facial expressions of emotion are not caused by decreasing visual perceptual abilities, but may partially overlap with general cognitive changes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Psychology, College of Life Sciences and Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom. v.orgeta@abdn.ac.ukNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18189168

Citation

Orgeta, Vasiliki, and Louise H. Phillips. "Effects of Age and Emotional Intensity On the Recognition of Facial Emotion." Experimental Aging Research, vol. 34, no. 1, 2008, pp. 63-79.
Orgeta V, Phillips LH. Effects of age and emotional intensity on the recognition of facial emotion. Exp Aging Res. 2008;34(1):63-79.
Orgeta, V., & Phillips, L. H. (2008). Effects of age and emotional intensity on the recognition of facial emotion. Experimental Aging Research, 34(1), 63-79. https://doi.org/10.1080/03610730701762047
Orgeta V, Phillips LH. Effects of Age and Emotional Intensity On the Recognition of Facial Emotion. Exp Aging Res. 2008 Jan-Mar;34(1):63-79. PubMed PMID: 18189168.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Effects of age and emotional intensity on the recognition of facial emotion. AU - Orgeta,Vasiliki, AU - Phillips,Louise H, PY - 2008/1/15/pubmed PY - 2008/3/28/medline PY - 2008/1/15/entrez SP - 63 EP - 79 JF - Experimental aging research JO - Exp Aging Res VL - 34 IS - 1 N2 - Older adults have a specific deficit in their ability to identify some negative facial emotions. The present study investigated the influence of intensity of expression on 40 young and 40 older adults' recognition of facial expressions of emotion. Older adults showed no impairment in the perception of low-intensity subtle expressions of happiness, surprise, and disgust. However, older adults were worse at recognizing all intensities of sadness, anger, and fear, with the greatest impairment at 50% intensity. Observed age differences were not influenced by covarying general facial processing skills, but were substantially reduced when a measure of general cognitive functioning was covaried. The current study suggests that age differences in identifying facial expressions of emotion are not caused by decreasing visual perceptual abilities, but may partially overlap with general cognitive changes. SN - 1096-4657 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18189168/Effects_of_age_and_emotional_intensity_on_the_recognition_of_facial_emotion_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03610730701762047 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -