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The Science of Facial Expression

James A. Russell and Jose Miguel Fernandez Dols


Organized in eleven thematic sections, The Science of Facial Expression offers a broad perspective of the “geography” of the science of facial expression. It reviews the scientific history of emotion perception and the evolutionary origins and functions of facial expression. It includes an updated compilation on the great debate around Basic Emotion Theory versus Behavioral Ecology and Psychological constructionism. The developmental psychology and social psychology of facial expressions is explored in the role of facial expressions in child development, social interactions, and culture. The b ... More

Keywords: Facial Expression Program, facial expression, basic emotion, face, emotion perception, communication, emotion, evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190613501
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190613501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James A. Russell, editor
Professor of Psychology, Boston College

Jose Miguel Fernandez Dols, editor
Professor of Psychology, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

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Front Matter

Part I Introduction

1 Introduction

José-Miguel Fernández-Dols and James A. Russell

2 Facing the Past

Maria Gendron and Lisa Feldman Barrett

Part II The Great Debate: The Facial Expression Program

4 Understanding Multimodal Emotional Expressions

Dacher Keltner and Daniel T. Cordaro

7 Coherence Between Emotions and Facial Expressions

Juan I. Durán, Rainer Reisenzein, and José-Miguel Fernández-Dols

Part III Evolution

8 Evolution of Facial Musculature

Rui Diogo and Sharlene E. Santana

9 The Faces Monkeys Make

Eliza Bliss-Moreau and Gilda Moadab

10 Form and Function of Facial Expressive Origins

Daniel H. Lee and Adam K. Anderson

Part IV Unexplored Signals

11 Beyond the Smile

Robert R. Provine

12 The Communicative and Social Functions of Human Crying

Asmir Gračanin, Lauren M. Bylsma, and Ad J. J. M. Vingerhoets

Part V Neural Processes

13 Neural and Behavioral Responses to Ambiguous Facial Expressions of Emotion

Paul J. Whalen, Maital Neta, M. Justin Kim, Alison M. Mattek, F. C. Davis, James M. Taylor, and Samantha Chavez

14 Using Facial Expressions to Probe Brain Circuitry Associated With Anxiety and Depression

Johnna R. Swartz, Lisa M. Shin, Brenda Lee, and Ahmad R. Hariri

Part VI Individual Development

15 Spontaneously Produced Facial Expressions in Infants and Children

Linda A. Camras, Vanessa L. Castro, Amy G. Halberstadt, and Michael M. Shuster

Part VII Social Perception

17 A Social Vision Account of Facial Expression Perception

Reginald B. Adams, Jr., Daniel N. Albohn, and Kestutis Kveraga

18 Inherently Ambiguous

Hillel Aviezer and Ran R. Hassin

Part VIII Appraisal

19 Facial Expression Is Driven by Appraisal and Generates Appraisal Inference

Klaus R. Scherer, Marcello Mortillaro, and Marc Mehu

20 The Social Signal Value of Emotions

Ursula Hess and Shlomo Hareli

Part IX Concepts

21 Embodied Simulation in Decoding Facial Expression

Paula M. Niedenthal, Adrienne Wood, Magdalena Rychlowska, and Sebastian Korb

22 Language and Emotion

Cameron M. Doyle and Kristen A. Lindquist

Part X Social Interaction

24 Natural Facial Expression

José-Miguel Fernández-Dols

Part XI Culture

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