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Emotional empathy, facial manipulations and facial feedback
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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People with a low but not people with a high degree of emotional empathy have been found to rate humorous films as funnier in a sulky versus a happy facial manipulation, in contrast to what the facial feedback hypothesis predicts (Andréasson & Dimberg, 2008). Experiment 1 replicated this finding with people with extra ordinary high or low degree of emotional empathy. Interestingly, when the facial manipulations were a smile versus a frown, as in experiment 2, people with low as well as high emotional empathy reacted as predicted by the facial feedback hypothesis. In conclusion, emotional empathy is suggested to be related to effects of facial feedback in some facial manipulations but not in others.

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Emotional empathy, facial feedback, facial expression, emotion, empathy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-126767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-126767DiVA: diva2:326775
Available from: 2010-06-24 Created: 2010-06-24 Last updated: 2011-02-25Bibliographically approved

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