ERIC Number: EJ730556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Identification of Positive and Negative Facial Affect
Rahman, Qazi; Wilson, Glenn D.; Abrahams, Sharon
Brain and Cognition, v54 n3 p179-185 Apr 2004
Sex and sexual orientation related differences in processing of happy and sad facial emotions were examined using an experimental facial emotion recognition paradigm with a large sample (N=240). Analysis of covariance (controlling for age and IQ) revealed that women (irrespective of sexual orientation) had faster reaction times than men for accurate identification of facial emotion and were more accurate in identifying male faces than female ones, whereas men performed the same regardless of the sex of the face. However, there were no overall sex differences in accuracy. These findings suggest a limited role for sex in the perception of facial affect.
Descriptors: Sex, Sexual Orientation, Nonverbal Communication, Psychological Patterns, Reaction Time, Females, Males, Gender Differences, Identification, Statistical Analysis
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