Perception and expression of emotion in right-handers and left-handers

Wendy Heller, Jerre Levy

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Photographs of facial composites, half the face smiling and the other half not smiling, were tachistoscopically presented to right-handed and left-handed subjects. Both handedness groups perceived faces as happier when it was the left side of the poser's face that was smiling, and this held for both left- and right-handed posers. Additionally, right-handed, but not left-handed, subjects perceived faces as happier when the smiling half-face was in the left visual field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-272
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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