Emotion recognition in young male offenders and non-offenders
Pino, Mariana | 2019-03-16
The study of facial emotional expressions not only gives information about
communicative and adaptive processes, but also provides valuable knowledge
about some aspects of human behaviour, such as emotions and intentions.
Taking into account the proved evidence that deficits in processing emotional
information shows difficulties in executive functions and social behavior, the
present work aims to compare the perceptual and dimensional similarities between
the emotions transmitted by the faces (facial emotions) and those typically
associated with two particular emotional contexts (offenders and non-offenders).
To evaluate the contextual influence on emotional face categorization, the
emotional recognition in 69 male young (35 offenders (17.22 ± 1.5 years) and 34
non-offenders (16.90 ± 1.56 years) from Barranquilla (Colombia) was analyzed.
Experimental results displayed significant differences among the two groups,
mainly focused in the recognition of anger and disgust faces. In this sense, the
analysis of abovementioned data may lead to the development of more specific
and cost-effective therapeutic treatments for offender population.