Microexpression Recognition Training in Left-Behind Children in China

  • Xueling Zhang
  • Lei Chen
  • Gaojie Fan
  • Huajie Sui
  • Xunbing ShenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 576)


The left-behind children could have impairment in emotional expressions recognition. A microexpression recognition training tool developed by the authors was used to address the possible emotional recognition deficits of left-behind children. Forty middle school students participated in the study; half of them were left-behind children. They received the microexpression recognition training and took surveys of Interpersonal Reactivity Index and the Big Five Personality Inventory. The results showed that (1) the microexpression training was equally effective for left-behind children and non-left-behind children in China; (2) the left-behind children had an advantage recognizing spontaneous microexpressions; (3) girls perform better than boys after microexpression recognition training while conducting microexpression training tool (METT) task; (4) the personality trait of openness had a close relationship with microexpression recognizing, and fantasy of Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) had a significant positive partial correlation with gain score of METT test. The current results indicated there was no impairment of emotional expressions recognition in left-behind children. The study also showed the effectiveness of a Chinese version of microexpression training tool designed for Asian adolescents.


Microexpression training tool Left-behind children Empathy Personality 



This project was partially supported by a grant from the Planed Project of Social Sciences in Jiangxi Province (Project No. 18JY24), the Project of Humanities and Social Sciences in Colleges and Universities of Jiangxi Province (XL17105), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31460251).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

The study was approved by the Logistics Department for Civilian Ethics Committee of Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. All subjects who participated in the experiment were provided with and signed an informed consent form. All relevant ethical safeguards have been met with regard to subject protection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xueling Zhang
    • 1
  • Lei Chen
    • 1
  • Gaojie Fan
    • 2
  • Huajie Sui
    • 1
  • Xunbing Shen
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese MedicineNanchangChina
  2. 2.Miami UniversityOxfordUSA

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