On the detection of emotional facial expressions: Are girls really better than boys?

Vanessa Lobue, Judy S. Deloache

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Abstract

One facet of Vigil's socio-relational framework of expressive behaviors (SRFB) suggests that females are more sensitive to facial expressions than are males, and should detect facial expressions more quickly. A re-examination of recent research with children demonstrates that girls do detect various facial expressions more quickly than do boys. Although this provides support for SRFB, further examination of SRFB in children would lend important support this evolutionary-based theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-398
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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