Children’s Nonverbal Encoding and Decoding of Affect



The expression (encoding) and perception (decoding) of affect play critical roles in the individual’s social and emotional development. For example, the ability to recognize the emotional state of others is an important component of social competence. Similarly, the ability to control one’s own emotional expressiveness has important consequences for social development.


Facial Expression Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve Nonverbal Behavior Communicative Expression Emotional Expressiveness 
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