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Individual differences in facial expressivity: Social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins

Project description

Investigating the evolution and function of human facial expression

We use facial expressions to communicate. This kind of relatively simple language plays an important role in our social life. From person to person, however, it can differ greatly. It can also be affected by specific medical or psychological disorders. However, the social function, anatomy and evolution of these individual differences in facial expressions have yet to be understood. The EU-funded FACEDIFF project will pioneer an interdisciplinary study investigating the cause of differentiation in facial expression and how this results in benefits or costs in an individual’s social engagement. FACEDIFF will use various (psychological, anatomical and cross-species) methods to measure differences in individual production and perception of facial expressions, tracing their evolutionary determinants.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-COG
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Host institution

THE NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
Address
50 Shakespeare Street
NG1 4FQ Nottingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 786 790,63

Beneficiaries (3)

THE NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 786 790,63
Address
50 Shakespeare Street
NG1 4FQ Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 180 655
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 26 999,37
Address
Winston Churchill Avenue University House
PO1 2UP Portsmouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments