FAAVSP - The 1st Joint Conference on Facial Analysis, Animation, and
Auditory-Visual Speech Processing

Vienna, Austria
September 11-13, 2015

Children’s Spontaneous Emotional Expressions While Receiving (Un)wanted Prizes in the Presence of Peers

Mandy Visser, Emiel Krahmer, Marc Swerts

Tilburg University, The Netherlands

In this research, we studied the course of emotional expressions of 8- and 11-year-old children after winning a (large) first prize or a (substantially smaller) consolation prize, while playing a game competing the computer or a physically co-present peer. We analyzed their emotional reactions by conducting two perception tests in which participants rated children’s level of happiness. Results showed that co-presence positively affected children’s happiness only when receiving the first prize. Moreover, for children who were in the presence of a peer, we found that eye contact affected expressions of happiness of 8-year-old children negatively and that of 11-year-old children positively. Finally, this study showed that having eye contact with their co-present peer affected children’s emotional expressions. Overall, we can conclude that, as children grow older and their social awareness increases, the presence of a peer affects their nonverbal expressions, regardless of their appreciation of their prize. Index Terms: nonverbal emotional expressions, contextual factors, social presence, development, (re)appraisals.

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Bibliographic reference.  Visser, Mandy / Krahmer, Emiel / Swerts, Marc (2015): "Children’s spontaneous emotional expressions while receiving (un)wanted prizes in the presence of peers", In FAAVSP-2015, 1-6.