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.