The Difference of Perception of Facial Emotions for People with Different Ages

Abstract

Emotions are an incredibly important aspect of human life and basic research on emotions of the past few decades has produced several discoveries that have led to important real world applications. Facial emotions are perceived by different people in different way. Possibility to read facial expressions is getting hard with the age. According to previous researches more decrease is happened with the 'happiness' emotions, than other expressions.Previous studies showed that youngers better recognize happy face than other faces. Our goal was to study whether it’s getting hard to recognize facial emotions as people gets older or not. We measured right and wrong answers of each 86 participants. The results show that the mean of ‘Right’ answer for children was 15.27, for adult 13.35, whereas for old it was only 8.30. We can clearly see that there wasn’t significant difference between the scores of adult and children. In contrast, Old people rated almost twice less than children. In the ‘wrong’ category, children made less mistakes than the other two group of people. And again, there is non-significant difference between children(M=9.73) and adults (M=11.54). Old people made more mistakes, M (16.70).



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Sayyara Hasanli, Izmir University of Economics

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Conference: ECP2015
Stream: Psychology and Education

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