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The Science of Facial Expression$
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James A. Russell and Jose Miguel Fernandez Dols

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190613501

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190613501.001.0001

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Facial Expressions and Emotions in Indigenous Societies

Facial Expressions and Emotions in Indigenous Societies

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The Science of Facial Expression

Carlos Crivelli

Maria Gendron

Oxford University Press

In this chapter we critically review and evaluate the evidence supporting one of the core assumptions of basic and applied research on emotion: the pan-cultural “recognition” of facial expressions of “emotion.” We do so by focusing on the body of evidence, as well as the methods used in emotion perception studies conducted in indigenous, small-scale societies. We also assess the criteria used to interpret the results as supporting evidence for the universality thesis. Finally, we look forward to future research in indigenous societies and outline two potential research paths to advance our understanding of human diversity.

Keywords:   emotion perception, indigenous societies, facial expression, universality thesis, diversity

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