Biology & Philosophy

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The Social Amplification View of facial expression

  • Trip GlazerEmail author


I offer a novel view of the mechanisms underlying the spontaneous facial expression of emotion. According to my Social Amplification View (SAV), facial expressions result from the interplay of two processes: an emotional process that activates specific facial muscles, though not always to the point of visible contraction, followed by a social cognitive process that amplifies these activations so that they may function more effectively as social signals. I argue that SAV outperforms both the Neurocultural View and the Behavioral Ecology View, as well as previously proposed syntheses of these views, in accounting for various empirical findings.


Facial expression Emotion Neurocultural View Behavioral Ecology View Emotion perception Emotion recognition Audience effect Social cognition 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

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