Older adults’ recognition of bodily and auditory expressions of emotion

Ruffman, Ted, Sullivan, Susan and Dittrich, Winand (2009) Older adults’ recognition of bodily and auditory expressions of emotion. Psychology and Aging, 24 (3). pp. 614-622. ISSN 0882-7974

Full text not available from this repository.


This study compared young and older adults’ ability to recognize bodily and auditory expressions of emotion and to match bodily and facial expressions to vocal expressions. Using emotion discrimination and matching techniques, participants assessed emotion in voices (Experiment 1), point-light displays (Experiment 2), and still photos of bodies with faces digitally erased (Experiment 3). Older adults’ were worse at least some of the time in recognition of anger, sadness, fear, and happiness in bodily expressions and of anger in vocal expressions. Compared with young adults, older adults also found it more difficult to match auditory expressions to facial expressions (5 of 6 emotions) and bodily expressions (3 of 6 emotions). (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0180 Experimental psychology
Depositing User: Susan Sullivan
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 07:34
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013 07:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46730
📧 Request an update