Foreign Faces: A Voyage to the Land of EEPICA

  • Robert J. Barrett
  • Mary Katsikitis


In 1967 the psychologist Paul Ekman, of the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatrie Institute in San Francisco, visited the South Eastern Highlands of New Guinea to study the facial expression of emotion and its recognition among the Fore. He was interested in the Fore because they were a preliterate, geographically remote people. They had had very little contact with the Western world, not two decades before having been an isolated, Neolithic, material culture (Ekman & Friesen, 1971, p. 125) although Gajdusek’s investigations into the degenerative disorder, Kuru, in this group had brought them to international focus (Gajdusek, 1963; Sorenson & Gajdusek, 1966).


Facial Expression Emotional Expression Basic Emotion Display Rule Primary Emotion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Barrett
    • 1
  • Mary Katsikitis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of AdelaideAustralia

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