Reading Emotional Pose

This project investigates how people interpret emotional poses. For example, we are interested in whether age differences in the interpretation of emotional poses depend on the age of the posing persons. Investigations of this possibility has been facilitated by the development of an extensive new dataset providing a large age range of individuals showing different facial expressions: the FACES Lifespan Database of Facial Expressions.

Emotionen in Gesichtern
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Principal Investigators


Voelkle, M. C., Ebner, N. C., Lindenberger, U., & Riediger, M. (2013). Here we go again: Anticipatory and reactive mood responses to recurring unpleasant situations throughout adulthood. Emotion, 13, 424-433. doi: 10.1037/a0031351

Voelkle, M. C., Ebner, N. C., Lindenberger, U., & Riediger, M. (2012). Let me guess how old you are: Effects of age, gender, and facial expression on perceptions of age. Psychology and Aging, 27(2), 265–277. doi: 10.1037/a0025065

Ebner, N. C., Riediger, M., & Lindenberger, U., (2010). FACES—A database of facial expressions in young, middle-aged, and older men and women: Development and validation. Behavior Research Methods, 42, 351-362.

Riediger, M., Völkle, M., Ebner, N.C., & Lindenberger, U. (2011). Beyond "Happy, Angry, or Sad?" Age-of-Poser and Age-of-Rater Effects on Multi-dimensional Emotion Perception. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 968-982.