PsyPost: Face masks impair people’s ability to accurately classify emotional expressions

PsyPost: Face masks impair people’s ability to accurately classify emotional expressions. “The researchers also found evidence that masks buffered the negative effects of expressing negative emotions. Negative emotional expressions such as anger were associated with lower ratings of trustworthiness, likability, and closeness. But masks weakened the effect of negative emotional expressions on these social judgments. In other words, angry masked faces tended to be rated as more trustworthy, likable, and close compared to unmasked angry faces.”

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