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Emotions in motion: dynamic compared to static facial expressions of disgust and happiness reveal more widespread emotion-specific activations.
Brain Res. 2009 Aug 11; 1284:100-15.BR

Abstract

In social contexts, facial expressions are dynamic in nature and vary rapidly in relation to situational requirements. However, there are very few fMRI studies using dynamic emotional stimuli. The aim of this study was (1) to introduce and evaluate a new stimulus database of static and dynamic emotional facial expressions according to arousal and recognizability investigated by a rating by both participants of the present fMRI study and by an external sample of 30 healthy women, (2) to examine the neural networks involved in emotion perception of static and dynamic facial stimuli separately, and (3) to examine the impact of motion on the emotional processing of dynamic compared to static face stimuli. A total of 16 females participated in the present fMRI study performing a passive emotion perception task including static and dynamic faces of neutral, happy and disgusted expressions. Comparing dynamic stimuli to static faces indicated enhanced emotion-specific brain activation patterns in the parahippocampal gyrus (PHG) including the amygdala (AMG), fusiform gyrus (FG), superior temporal gyrus (STG), inferior frontal gyrus (IFG), and occipital and orbitofrontal cortex (OFC). These regions have been discussed to be associated with emotional memory encoding, the perception of threat, facial identity, biological motion, the mirror neuron system, an increase of emotional arousal, and reward processing, respectively. Post hoc ratings of the dynamic stimuli revealed a better recognizability in comparison to the static stimuli. In conclusion, dynamic facial expressions might provide a more appropriate approach to examine the processing of emotional face perception than static stimuli.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Bremen, Hochschulring 18, D-28359 Bremen, Germany. sina@uni-bremen.deNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19501062

Citation

Trautmann, Sina Alexa, et al. "Emotions in Motion: Dynamic Compared to Static Facial Expressions of Disgust and Happiness Reveal More Widespread Emotion-specific Activations." Brain Research, vol. 1284, 2009, pp. 100-15.
Trautmann SA, Fehr T, Herrmann M. Emotions in motion: dynamic compared to static facial expressions of disgust and happiness reveal more widespread emotion-specific activations. Brain Res. 2009;1284:100-15.
Trautmann, S. A., Fehr, T., & Herrmann, M. (2009). Emotions in motion: dynamic compared to static facial expressions of disgust and happiness reveal more widespread emotion-specific activations. Brain Research, 1284, 100-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2009.05.075
Trautmann SA, Fehr T, Herrmann M. Emotions in Motion: Dynamic Compared to Static Facial Expressions of Disgust and Happiness Reveal More Widespread Emotion-specific Activations. Brain Res. 2009 Aug 11;1284:100-15. PubMed PMID: 19501062.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Emotions in motion: dynamic compared to static facial expressions of disgust and happiness reveal more widespread emotion-specific activations. AU - Trautmann,Sina Alexa, AU - Fehr,Thorsten, AU - Herrmann,Manfred, Y1 - 2009/06/06/ PY - 2009/01/20/received PY - 2009/04/29/revised PY - 2009/05/23/accepted PY - 2009/6/9/entrez PY - 2009/6/9/pubmed PY - 2009/10/10/medline SP - 100 EP - 15 JF - Brain research JO - Brain Res VL - 1284 N2 - In social contexts, facial expressions are dynamic in nature and vary rapidly in relation to situational requirements. However, there are very few fMRI studies using dynamic emotional stimuli. The aim of this study was (1) to introduce and evaluate a new stimulus database of static and dynamic emotional facial expressions according to arousal and recognizability investigated by a rating by both participants of the present fMRI study and by an external sample of 30 healthy women, (2) to examine the neural networks involved in emotion perception of static and dynamic facial stimuli separately, and (3) to examine the impact of motion on the emotional processing of dynamic compared to static face stimuli. A total of 16 females participated in the present fMRI study performing a passive emotion perception task including static and dynamic faces of neutral, happy and disgusted expressions. Comparing dynamic stimuli to static faces indicated enhanced emotion-specific brain activation patterns in the parahippocampal gyrus (PHG) including the amygdala (AMG), fusiform gyrus (FG), superior temporal gyrus (STG), inferior frontal gyrus (IFG), and occipital and orbitofrontal cortex (OFC). These regions have been discussed to be associated with emotional memory encoding, the perception of threat, facial identity, biological motion, the mirror neuron system, an increase of emotional arousal, and reward processing, respectively. Post hoc ratings of the dynamic stimuli revealed a better recognizability in comparison to the static stimuli. In conclusion, dynamic facial expressions might provide a more appropriate approach to examine the processing of emotional face perception than static stimuli. SN - 1872-6240 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19501062/Emotions_in_motion:_dynamic_compared_to_static_facial_expressions_of_disgust_and_happiness_reveal_more_widespread_emotion_specific_activations_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0006-8993(09)01105-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -