The IPC has an active research line on facial cognition, centred at present on two FCT funded projects. It uses an experimental approach to facial expressions which conjoins the use of Information Integration Theory and Functional Measurement with the synthetic modeling of FACS-defined action units, treated as independent variables. Among the issues addressed are (a) how expressive information is picked out and combined from the face (the cognitive algebra of facial expressions); (b) how contextual information operates on focal expressive features (configuraly or independently?); (c) what rules guide the imputation of missing information in the face (are there imputations and of what sort?); (d) what effects do inversion and the shortening of presentation durations have on facial expression processing (can holistic processing receive a precise meaning?).
Lines of research:
- Emotional experience
- Everyday conceptions of emotion
- Emotional expression
- Patterns of action-behaviour
Research developed in master dissertation and doctoral thesis orientations: Facial expressions of pain; emotional intelligence and mindfulness; organizational culture, stress and well-being; Facial expressions, competence and eligibility of political leaders; Identities and Facial Expressions; Smile in selection interviews.