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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (10) : 1749-1754     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01749
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Facial Expressions: Some Arguments
LEI Jie;DING Yaping
(Institute of Applied Psychology, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China)
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Abstract  Facial expressions are a very effective and efficient way of communicating in human social interactions, since they can convey a person’s emotional state and signals of potential danger. Since the 1970s, and especially in the past 10 years, the number of psychological studies on emotional facial expressions has been increasing quickly. The present paper reviews the development of main opinions and arguments in the field. There are ongoing debates, e.g. on theories, cultural differences, development of recognition abilities, sexual differences and reasons for confusing expressions in recognition. It is concluded, that future research should explore and discuss specific expression in order to be more persuasive and valuable.
Keywords facial expression      theoretical basis      cultural differences      recognition abilities      confusion reasons     
Corresponding Authors: DING Yaping   
Issue Date: 15 October 2013
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