publication . Article . 2011

Gender affects body language reading

Arseny A Sokolov; Arseny A Sokolov; Samuel eKrüger; Paul eEnck; Ingeborg eKrägeloh-Mann; Marina A Pavlova; Marina A Pavlova;
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  • Published: 01 Feb 2011 Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, volume 2 (issn: 1664-1078, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Body motion is a rich source of information for social cognition. However, gender effects in body language reading are largely unknown. Here we investigated whether, and, if so, how recognition of emotional expressions revealed by body motion is gender dependent. To this end, females and males were presented with point-light displays portraying knocking at a door performed with different emotional expressions. The findings show that gender affects accuracy rather than speed of body language reading. This effect, however, is modulated by emotional content of actions: males surpass in recognition accuracy of happy actions, whereas females tend to excel in recognit...
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free text keywords: Visual Perception, emotion, gender differences, social cognition, Body Motion, General Psychology, gender, Original Research, lcsh:Psychology, lcsh:BF1-990, Body language, Vulnerability, Cognitive psychology, Social psychology, Biological motion, Emotional expression, Psychology
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