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Facial Displays Are Tools for Social Influence.

Authors
  • Crivelli, Carlos1
  • Fridlund, Alan J2
  • 1 School of Applied Social Sciences, De Montfort University, The Gateway, LE1 9BH, Leicester, UK; These authors contributed equally to this work. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, 251 Ucen Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, USA; These authors contributed equally to this work. Electronic address: [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Trends in cognitive sciences
Publication Date
May 01, 2018
Volume
22
Issue
5
Pages
388–399
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2018.02.006
PMID: 29544997
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Based on modern theories of signal evolution and animal communication, the behavioral ecology view of facial displays (BECV) reconceives our 'facial expressions of emotion' as social tools that serve as lead signs to contingent action in social negotiation. BECV offers an externalist, functionalist view of facial displays that is not bound to Western conceptions about either expressions or emotions. It easily accommodates recent findings of diversity in facial displays, their public context-dependency, and the curious but common occurrence of solitary facial behavior. Finally, BECV restores continuity of human facial behavior research with modern functional accounts of non-human communication, and provides a non-mentalistic account of facial displays well-suited to new developments in artificial intelligence and social robotics. Copyright © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

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