"You should have seen the look on your face...": Self-awareness of facial expressions

Fangbing Qu, Wen Jing Yan, Yu Hsin Chen, Kaiyun Li, Hui Zhang, Xiaolan Fu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The awareness of facial expressions allows one to better understand, predict, and regulate his/her states to adapt to different social situations. The present research investigated individuals' awareness of their own facial expressions and the influence of the duration and intensity of expressions in two self-reference modalities, a real-time condition and a video-review condition. The participants were instructed to respond as soon as they became aware of any facial movements. The results revealed that awareness rates were 57.79% in the real-time condition and 75.92% in the video-review condition. The awareness rate was influenced by the intensity and (or) the duration. The intensity thresholds for individuals to become aware of their own facial expressions were calculated using logistic regression models. The results of Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE) revealed that video-review awareness was a significant predictor of real-time awareness. These findings extend understandings of human facial expression self-awareness in two modalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number832
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberMAY
StatePublished - May 30 2017


  • Awareness rate
  • Duration
  • Facial expression
  • Intensity
  • Self-awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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