Trait Perceptions of Dynamic and Static Faces as a Function of Facial Maturity and Facial Expression

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dc.contributor.advisor Zebrowitz, Leslie
dc.contributor.author Sparko, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-24T19:50:01Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-24T19:50:01Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/23872
dc.description.abstract Facial structure and emotional expressions are two of many facial attributes that have been found to impact first impressions. Moreover, some facial expressions tend to resemble structural facial categories. In particular, surprised faces tend to resemble the faces of babies, and both surprise and babyfaceness contribute to similar trait attributions. Studies have also shown that emotion identification is enhanced in moving faces, yet previous research on the impact of babyfaceness and emotional expressions has not investigated impressions in moving faces. The current study investigated the impact of babyfaceness and surprise on impressions of dominance and affiliation in both moving and non-moving faces. Babyfaceness was found to decrease perceived dominance and increase perceived affiliation, but these effects were moderated by emotional expression. Surprised expressions increased perceived affiliation, but this effect was attenuated by facial movement. Movement also increased perceived affiliation, but only for faces that were low in babyfaceness. Theoretical interpretations and practical applications are discussed.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Andrea Sparko 2010
dc.subject Impression Formation
dc.subject Facial Maturity
dc.subject Facial Expressions
dc.subject Facial Movement
dc.subject Face Perception
dc.subject Emotions
dc.title Trait Perceptions of Dynamic and Static Faces as a Function of Facial Maturity and Facial Expression
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Psychology
dc.degree.name MA
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.degree.discipline Psychology
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


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