Psychology Department

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome Lawrence Ian Reed, Ph.D.

PSY Speaker Reed
October 21, 2021 12:45 PM–1:50 PM

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome Lawrence Ian Reed, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University

for a public lecture entitled

The Communicative Functions of Facial Expressions of Emotion

Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:45 – 1:50 PM • Karp 105

Note: No food/drink due to COVID policy

Previous research suggests that some facial expressions of emotion serve a communicative function by signaling private feelings and action tendencies. Further, some expressions such as smiles and scowls affect receivers by increasing the credibility of accompanying verbal and/or written statements. Here, I will discuss the credible signaling hypothesis and the evidence in support of it. This will include a discussion of experiments using economic games to create strategic situations in which facial expressions of emotion might benefit signalers and receivers. These experiments test whether a signaler’s emotional expressions increase the credibility of promises, threats, claims of danger, and assurances of trustworthiness. The results speak to the hidden strategies behind spontaneous and deliberate expressions and their effects on receiver’s behavior.

Location

807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308