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    Association between action kinematics and emotion perception across adolescence

    Edey, Rosanna and Yon, Daniel and Dumontheil, Iroise and Press, Clare (2020) Association between action kinematics and emotion perception across adolescence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 46 (7), pp. 657-666. ISSN 0096-1523.

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    Research with adults suggests that we interpret others’ internal states from kinematic cues, using models calibrated to our own action experiences. Changes in action production that occur during adolescence may therefore have implications for adolescents’ understanding of others. Here we examined whether, like adults, adolescents use velocity cues to determine others’ emotions, and whether any emotion perception differences would be those predicted based on differences in action production. We measured preferred walking velocity in groups of Early (11-12 years old), Middle (13-14 years old) and Late (16-18 years old) adolescents, and adults, and recorded their perception of happy, angry and sad ‘point-light walkers’. Preferred walking velocity decreased across age and ratings of emotional stimuli with manipulated velocity demonstrated that all groups used velocity cues to determine emotion. Importantly, the relative intensity ratings of different emotions also differed across development in a manner that was predicted based on the group differences in walking velocity. Further regression analyses demonstrated that emotion perception was predicted by own movement velocity, rather than age or pubertal stage per se. These results suggest that changes in action production across adolescence are indeed accompanied by corresponding changes in how emotions are perceived from velocity. These findings indicate the importance of examining differences in action production across development when interpreting differences in understanding of others.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: ©American Psychological Association 2020. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at the DOI cited above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Clare Press
    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 17:06
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:58


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