A Paper by Saito, Sato, & Yoshikawa was Published in Royal Society Open Science
A paper by Saito, Sato, & Yoshikawa was published in Royal Society Open Science. Their research demonstrated that older adults detect happy facial expressions less rapidly.
Saito, A., Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2020).
Older adults detect happy facial expressions less rapidly.
Royal Society Open Science, 7, 191715.
Older adults detect happy facial expressions less rapidly
Previous experimental psychology studies based on visual search paradigms have reported that young adults detect emotional facial expressions more rapidly than emotionally neutral expressions.However, it remains unclear whether this holds in older adults.
We investigated this by comparing the abilities of young and older adults to detect emotional and neutral facial expressions while controlling the visual properties of faces presented (termed anti-expressions) in a visual search task.
Both age groups detected normal angry faces more rapidly than anti-angry faces. However, whereas young adults detected normal happy faces more rapidly than anti-happy faces, older adults did not.
This suggests that older adults may not be easy to detect or focusing attention towards smiling faces appearing peripherally.