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ERIC Number: ED479373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 30
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Improving Accuracy of Decoding Emotions from Facial Expressions by Cooperative Learning Techniques, Two Experimental Studies.
Klinzing, Hans Gerhard
A program was developed for the improvement of social competence in general among professionals with the improvement of the accuracy of decoding emotions from facial expressions as the specific focus. It was integrated as a laboratory experience into traditional lectures at two German universities where studies were conducted to assess the effectiveness of the program, evaluate the program through participant responses, test the relative effectiveness of individual work and cooperative learning conditions, and study gender effects. Subjects were 49 education students at a university where the lecture was a requirement and 31 students at a university where the program lecture was elective. The lecture included theoretical background knowledge about nonverbal aspects of communication, training based on training modules for expressions of affects and blends of expressions, practice decoding emotions from facial expressions in photographs, and discussion after the posttest. The posttests, administered 1 week after training, were based on 54 portraits of women and men. Results show considerable and statistically significant improvements in the accuracy of both intuitive and analytic judgments in decoding affects from facial expressions as a result of the training. Analytic ability appeared to be enhanced by cooperative learning conditions, and no significant gender effects were observed. (Contains 78 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany