Alharbi S, Button K, Bagshaw A, Zhang L, O'Shea KJ, Fasolt V, Lee A, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (in press). Are affective factors related to individual differences in facial expression recognition? Royal Society Open Science . doi: 10.31234/osf.io/fg8yz [preprint] [prereg] [data]

Evidence that affective factors (eg, anxiety, depression, affect) are significantly related to individual differences in emotion recognition is mixed. Palermo et al.(2018 Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance) recently reported that individuals who scored lower in anxiety performed significantly better on two measures of facial-expression recognition (emotion-matching and emotion-labeling tasks), but not a third measure (the Multimodal Emotion Recognition Test). By contrast, facial-expression recognition was not significantly correlated with measures of depression, positive or negative affect, empathy, or autistic-like traits. Because the range of affective factors considered in this study and its use of multiple expression-recognition tasks mean that it is a relatively comprehensive investigation of the role of affective factors in facial expression recognition, we propose to carry out a direct replication.

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