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Social perception and aging: The relationship between aging and the perception of subtle changes in facial happiness and identity

Yang, T; Penton, T; Leman Koybasi, S and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. Social perception and aging: The relationship between aging and the perception of subtle changes in facial happiness and identity. Acta Psychologica, 179, pp. 23-29. ISSN 0001-6918 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Previous findings suggest that older adults show impairments in the social perception of faces, including the perception of emotion and facial identity. The majority of this work has tended to examine performance on tasks involving young adult faces and prototypical emotions. While useful, this can influence performance differences between groups due to perceptual biases and limitations on task performance. Here we sought to examine how typical aging is associated with the perception of subtle changes in facial happiness and facial identity in older adult faces. We developed novel tasks that permitted the ability to assess facial happiness, facial identity, and non-social perception (object perception) across similar task parameters. We observe that aging is linked with declines in the ability to make fine-grained judgements in the perception of facial happiness and facial identity (from older adult faces), but not for non-social (object) perception. This pattern of results is discussed in relation to mechanisms that may contribute to declines in facial perceptual processing in older adulthood.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2017.06.006

Keywords:

social perception, aging, emotion, happy, identity, face, ageing

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
24 June 2017Accepted
8 July 2017Published Online

Item ID:

20725

Date Deposited:

10 Jul 2017 12:38

Last Modified:

09 Jul 2018 14:22

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20725

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