Age differences in the complexity of emotion perception

Kim, Seungyoun and Geren, Jennifer L. and Knight, Bob G. (2015) Age differences in the complexity of emotion perception. Experimental Aging Research, 41 (5). pp. 556-571. ISSN 0361-073X


Background/Study Context: The current study examined age differences in the number of emotion components used in the judgment of emotion from facial expressions.

Methods: Fifty-eight younger and 58 older adults were compared on the complexity of perception of emotion from standardized facial expressions that were either clear or ambiguous exemplars of emotion.

Results: Using an intra-individual factor analytic approach, results showed that older adults used more emotion components in perceiving emotion in faces than younger adults. Both age groups reported greater emotional complexity for the clear and prototypical emotional stimuli. Age differences in emotional complexity were more pronounced for the ambiguous expressions compared with the clear expressions.

Conclusion: These findings demonstrate that older adults showed increased elaboration of emotion, particularly when emotion cues were subtle and provide support for greater emotion differentiation in older adulthood.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 04:45
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 04:06
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/0361073X.2015.1085727

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