Context helps interpret facial emotions accurately

MSN India:

A close up shows Serena Williams’ eyes tensely shut; her mouth wide open, teeth bared and her face livid.

Now zoom out: The tennis star is on the court, racquet in hand, fist clenched in victory. She’s not angry. She’s ecstatic, having just beaten her sister Venus at the 2008 US Open.

Context helps interpret facial emotions accurately, according to this research.

‘Strip away the context, and it is difficult to accurately perceive emotion in a face,’ argues Lisa Feldman Barrett, psychologist at the Northwestern University and Harvard, who led the study.

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