Can We Tell Winners and Losers Apart? Social and Cultural Effects on Facial Expressions of Children and Adults in Games

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Abstract

Can we tell winners and losers apart, on the basis of their facial expressions? In this chapter, we investigate the effects of social and cultural factors on expressions associated with winning and losing in games. Eight-year-olds and adults, who were either Dutch or Chinese, played games alone or with a classmate (children), or against a high-power and a low-power opponent (adults). In two perception experiments, video recordings of these game players were shown to judges, who had to evaluate whether the game players had won or lost the game. Results showed that judges were better at identifying the losers than the winners among children and adults. Judges also performed better when judging children who played in pairs than alone, and adults who played against a high-power than a low-power opponent. However, these effects were qualified by an interaction with the nationality of the game players.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmotional Expression
Subtitle of host publicationThe Brain and the Face
EditorsA Freitas-magalhães
Place of PublicationOporto, Portugal
Pages180-210
Number of pages30
Volume7
ISBN (Electronic)9789898766106
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2015

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    Mui, H. C., Goudbeek, M., & Swerts, M. (2015). Can We Tell Winners and Losers Apart? Social and Cultural Effects on Facial Expressions of Children and Adults in Games. In A. Freitas-magalhães (Ed.), Emotional Expression: The Brain and the Face (Vol. 7, pp. 180-210).