Faculty Advisor

Wood, Lisa

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2012


This research examined personality factors and facial emotion recognition abilities in a sample of undergraduate students. The purpose of this study was to pilot methods and to collect baseline measure for a normal sample. A facial expression recognition task was created in which participants were asked to select which of two faces represented an emotional label. The participant’s accuracy and response time were recorded. An eye-tracker recorded the image of the participant’s eye and determined gaze position. From the data and feedback collected during pilot testing, methods were practiced and refined. After examining the results of these five participants, the rank order of emotion recognition mirrored expected results with happy as the fastest and most accurate and fear as the slowest and least accurate; thus, these results support the reliability of the emotion recognition task. The next steps of this project are outlined including data collection from a larger sample of undergraduate students and compare these results to that of the normal sample.


University of Puget Sound