Effectiveness of a short audiovisual emotion recognition training program in adults

Schlegel, Katja; Vicaria, Ishabel M.; Isaacowitz, Derek M.; Hall, Judith A. (2017). Effectiveness of a short audiovisual emotion recognition training program in adults. Motivation and Emotion, 41(5), pp. 646-660. Springer 10.1007/s11031-017-9631-9

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The ability to recognize emotions from others’ nonverbal behavior (emotion recognition ability, ERA) is crucial to successful social functioning. However, currently no self-administered ERA training for non-clinical adults covering multiple sensory channels exists. We conducted four studies in a lifespan sample of participants in the laboratory and online (total N = 531) to examine the effectiveness of a short computer-based training for 14 different emotions using audiovisual clips of emotional expressions. Results showed that overall, young and middle-aged participants that had received the training scored significantly higher on facial, vocal, and audiovisual emotion recognition than the control groups. The training effect for audiovisual ERA persisted over 4 weeks. In older adults (59–90 years), however, the training had no effect. The new, brief training could be useful in applied settings such as professional training, at least for younger and middle-aged adults. In older adults, improving ERA might require a longer and more interactive intervention.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Personality Psychology, Differential Psychology and Diagnostics

UniBE Contributor:

Schlegel, Katja

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

0146-7239

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Katja Schlegel

Date Deposited:

24 Apr 2018 10:34

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 09:16

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11031-017-9631-9

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.109977

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/109977

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