Motivational aspects of recognizing a smile

Janek S. Lobmaier, Martin H. Fischer

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    What are the underlying processes that enable human beings to recognize a happy face? Clearly, featural and configural cues will help to identify the distinctive smile. In addition, the motivational state of the observer will influence the interpretation of emotional expressions. Therefore, a model accounting for emotion recognition is only complete if bottom-up and top-down aspects are integrated.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)452-453
    Number of pages2
    JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


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