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Maternal nurturing experience affects the perception and recognition of adult and infant facial expressions.
PLoS One. 2018; 13(10):e0205738.Plos

Abstract

The perception and recognition of facial expressions are crucial for parenting. This study investigated whether and how maternal nurturing experience and trait anxiety influence the perception and recognition of infant and adult facial expressions. This was assessed by comparing the performance of primiparous mothers (n = 25) and non-mothers (n = 28) on an emotional face perception task. Trait anxiety was measured using the Japanese version of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). We found that mothers had higher recognition accuracy for facial expressions, but only of adults, not infants. Moreover, as trait anxiety increased, so did mothers' sensitivity in perceiving facial expressions of both infants and adults. These findings suggest that maternal nurturing experience does enhance the recognition of adult emotional expressions, and an optimal level of maternal trait anxiety may enhance mothers' sensitivity toward infants' and adults' emotional signals.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30352063

Citation

Matsunaga, Michiko, et al. "Maternal Nurturing Experience Affects the Perception and Recognition of Adult and Infant Facial Expressions." PloS One, vol. 13, no. 10, 2018, pp. e0205738.
Matsunaga M, Tanaka Y, Myowa M. Maternal nurturing experience affects the perception and recognition of adult and infant facial expressions. PLoS One. 2018;13(10):e0205738.
Matsunaga, M., Tanaka, Y., & Myowa, M. (2018). Maternal nurturing experience affects the perception and recognition of adult and infant facial expressions. PloS One, 13(10), e0205738. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205738
Matsunaga M, Tanaka Y, Myowa M. Maternal Nurturing Experience Affects the Perception and Recognition of Adult and Infant Facial Expressions. PLoS One. 2018;13(10):e0205738. PubMed PMID: 30352063.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Maternal nurturing experience affects the perception and recognition of adult and infant facial expressions. AU - Matsunaga,Michiko, AU - Tanaka,Yukari, AU - Myowa,Masako, Y1 - 2018/10/23/ PY - 2017/12/02/received PY - 2018/10/01/accepted PY - 2018/10/24/entrez PY - 2018/10/24/pubmed PY - 2019/4/6/medline SP - e0205738 EP - e0205738 JF - PloS one JO - PLoS One VL - 13 IS - 10 N2 - The perception and recognition of facial expressions are crucial for parenting. This study investigated whether and how maternal nurturing experience and trait anxiety influence the perception and recognition of infant and adult facial expressions. This was assessed by comparing the performance of primiparous mothers (n = 25) and non-mothers (n = 28) on an emotional face perception task. Trait anxiety was measured using the Japanese version of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). We found that mothers had higher recognition accuracy for facial expressions, but only of adults, not infants. Moreover, as trait anxiety increased, so did mothers' sensitivity in perceiving facial expressions of both infants and adults. These findings suggest that maternal nurturing experience does enhance the recognition of adult emotional expressions, and an optimal level of maternal trait anxiety may enhance mothers' sensitivity toward infants' and adults' emotional signals. SN - 1932-6203 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30352063/Maternal_nurturing_experience_affects_the_perception_and_recognition_of_adult_and_infant_facial_expressions_ L2 - https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205738 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -