Emotion Perception and Health

  • Mariska E. Kret
  • Charlotte B. A. Sinke
  • Beatrice de Gelder


Our emotional states and action tendencies are expressed and communicated with the whole body, the face included. How others behave has a direct influence on us regardless of whether we are aware of it or not. The neurofunctional basis of perceiving facial expressions is reasonably well understood. Research on bodily expression perception is emerging as a new field in neuroscience and promises to extend current emotion perception models. Our present goal is to review behavioral, electrophysiological, and neurofunctional studies on whole body and bodily expression perception against the background of what is known about face perception. In this chapter, we will discuss how processing facial and bodily expressions relates to health and put forward that the nature of emotion perception cannot be fully understood by focusing separately on social, cultural, contextual, individual, or interpersonal factors.


Autism Spectrum Disorder Facial Expression Emotion Recognition Williams Syndrome Superior Temporal Sulcus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariska E. Kret
    • 1
  • Charlotte B. A. Sinke
  • Beatrice de Gelder
  1. 1.Department of Medical Psychology and Cognitive NeuroscienceTilburg UniversityTilburgNetherlands

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