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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (9): 1514-1522.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01514

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Psychological and Neural Mechanisms for the Superiority Effect of Dynamic Facial Expressions

ZHANG Qi1; YIN Tianzi1,2; RAN Guangming3   

  1. (1 School of Education Science, Guizhou Normal University (GNU), Guiyang 550001, China)
    (2 Guizhou General Colleges Key laboratory of Fundamental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Guiyang 550001, China) (3 Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University (SWU), Chongqing, 400715, China)
  • Received:2014-10-16 Online:2015-09-15 Published:2015-09-15
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The superiority effect of dynamic facial expressions is a well established phenomenon in the face processing literature, whereby dynamic facial expressions are better recognized than static facial expressions. The psychological mechanisms underlying this superiority effect include the enhancement of configural processing, the compensatory role, and the ability of facial mimicry. In addition, its neural conduct the developmental research for the superiority effect of dynamic facial expressions. There is also a need to investigate the rigid features of facial motion, and focus on the superiority effect of dynamic facial expressions in virtual reality environments.networks consist of the core and extended system for face processing, the former is mainly responsible for the early perceptual code and motion processing of stimuli, while the latter is associated with the ability of facial mimicry and dynamic representation of stimuli. Future research should enrich the extended neural networks and psychological mechanisms, as well as

Key words: the superiority effect of dynamic facial expressions, psychological mechanisms, neural networks, disorder of affective perception, neuroimaging technologies