Project Information

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
3584 CS UTRECHT
The Netherlands
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Project Information

Project Title
"Cultural Differences and Similarities in the Facial Expression of Positive Emotions"

Institute
University of Amsterdam - Social Psychology

PhD Student
Kunalan Manokara

Supervisor(s)
Disa Sauter, Primary Supervisor University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Agneta Fischer, Secondary Supervisor University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Period
1 February 2018 - 1 February 2022

Funding
European Research Council


Summary

The present research aims to investigate how specific positive emotions (awe, gratitude, relief, etc.) are facially expressed, and evaluates cultural differences and similarities pertaining to the expression of each positive emotion. Data will initially be collected from three distinct cultural samples: Netherlands, Japan and Ghana. Established emotion elicitation paradigms will be utilized across samples, and all participants’ facial reactions will be video recorded and subsequently analyzed via FACS and FaceReader. This project will provide for a nuanced understanding of how positive emotions are differentially expressed according to the specific emotion in question, as well as tackle key conceptual questions surrounding the cultural universality of such expressions. As a final step, this project will also systematically unpack why cultural differences in the expression of specific positive emotions might exist, by examining the role of culturally perceived psychological constructs.


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