"You should have seen the look on your face...": Self-awareness of facial expressions

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© 2017 Qu, Yan, Chen, Li, Zhang and Fu. The awareness of facial expressions allows one to better understand, predict, and regulate his/her states to adapt to different social situations. The present research investigated individuals' awareness of their own facial expressions and the influence of the duration and intensity of expressions in two self-reference modalities, a real-time condition and a video-review condition. The participants were instructed to respond as soon as they became aware of any facial movements. The results revealed that awareness rates were 57.79% in the real-time condition and 75.92% in the video-review condition. The awareness rate was influenced by the intensity and (or) the duration. The intensity thresholds for individuals to become aware of their own facial expressions were calculated using logistic regression models. The results of Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE) revealed that video-review awareness was a significant predictor of real-time awareness. These findings extend understandings of human facial expression self-awareness in two modalities.




Qu, F., Yan, W. J., Chen, Y. H., Li, K., Zhang, H., & Fu, X. (2017). “You should have seen the look on your face...”: Self-awareness of facial expressions. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(MAY). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00832

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