Cross-cultural differences in facial expressions : a study of an Asian American and an Asian national

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dc.contributor.advisor Stamp, Glen H. en_US Ishii, Kimiko en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:40:10Z 2011-06-03T19:40:10Z 2004 en_US 2004
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2004 .I84 en_US
dc.description.abstract Many researchers have suggested that facial expressions are universal. However, others hold a more nuanced view: That despite universal similarities, facial expressions are culture-specific. In the current study, facial expressions of an Asian American and an Asian national were studied using scenes from two television dramas from the United States and Japan. Similarities and differences were found between the facial expressions of the two characters. The existence of similarities supports the basic universality of facial expressions, while differences were found which support the perspective that facial expressions are culture-specific. These differences were primarily in the relationships between the intensity levels of the external expressions and the internal experiences of the two people. The findings indicate that even when people share basic facial features, the ways they express their emotions differ according to the cultures in which they grew up.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Speech Communication
dc.format.extent iv, 114 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Facial expression -- Cross-cultural studies. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Asian Americans -- Social life and customs. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Asians -- Social life and customs. en_US
dc.title Cross-cultural differences in facial expressions : a study of an Asian American and an Asian national en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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