Can You Accurately Recognize Emotions? Public Deposited


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  • Emotion recognition accuracy refers to the ability to correctly identify the emotions of others (Bänziger, 2016). For this study, we attempted to determine whether existing tests of emotion recognition predict this ability in a live setting; e.g., the Diagnostic Analysis of Nonverbal Accuracy 2 (Nowicki & Duke, 2001; DANVA2) and the Profile of Nonverbal Sensitivity (Rosenthal et al., 1979; PONS). Unacquainted participants were arranged in groups of 5-7 and rated the emotional states of each other during their very first meeting and then again later after speaking with each other one-on-one for five minutes. Scores from the DANVA2 (but not the PONS) predicted how accurate participants were at reading the emotions reported by their group members. A near-significant interaction effect indicated that the DANVA2 was more predictive of men’s accuracy than women’s accuracy. These results validate the DANVA2 and emphasize the importance of comparing existing psychological measures to live tasks.
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  • Fultz, A. A., & Bernieri, F. J. (2017). Can you accurately recognize emotions? Presented at the Celebration of Undergraduate Excellence, Corvallis, OR.
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  • Presented at Oregon State University's 2017 Celebration of Undergraduate Excellence.



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