Ursula Hess (Humboldt-University of Berlin) : On the bidirectional influence of emotion expressions and context
Date : Vendredi 5 juillet 2019 à 14h
Lieu : salle 5028
In every-day life we rarely see facial expressions devoid of context. Yet, traditional emotion research has studied facial expressions for which context information was carefully removed. By contrast, more recent constructivist approaches to emotion research have not only emphasized the importance of context for emotion perception, but consider context to be of preeminent importance when it comes to constructing meaning from emotional exchanges. From this perspective, facial expressions are described as inherently ambiguous and their interpretation as strongly dependant on the context in which they are shown. In contrast with both views outlined above, we (Hess, Landmann, David, & Hareli, 2017) propose a bi-directional influence of context and emotion expression: just as context influences the interpretation of facial expressions, these expressions have sufficient intrinsic meaning to conversely influence the interpretation of the situation that elicited them. In the present talk, the model and the supporting research will be presented.