DYNAMIC FACES: EXPLORING EMOTION RECOGNITION AND CRIMINALITY
The ability to interpret emotional facial expressions is thought to be essential for adaptive social functioning (Kilts et al., 2003). Specific deficits in interpreting facial expressions have been identified in, for example, in antisocial populations (Marsh & Blair, 2008). However, nearly all previous research has been conducted using static, posed emotional facial expressions, challenging attempts to link responses to these cues with ecologically valid contexts. In the present study, we examine emotion recognition in incarcerated criminal offenders using a novel stimulus set of dynamic, naturally elicited, validated emotional facial expressions. Our results show that incarcerated individuals show a deficit in overall emotion recognition despite few differences in personality characteristics and tendencies. Future research on this relationship may lead to a better understanding of how incarceration effects the processing of social and emotional cues thereby influencing future behaviors.
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