Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2018

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Experimental Psychology

Committee Chair

Anthony Stahelski

Second Committee Member

Mary Radeke

Third Committee Member

Steve Schepman


The relationship between culture and evaluations of facial expressions were assessed using American and Indian participants. Based on Ekman (1972) and others’ (cf. Elfenbein & Ambady, 2002) research that supports general cross-cultural agreement of facial expression evaluation, it was hypothesized that participants will be able to accurately evaluate a smiling face as happy and a scowling face as angry and that American participants would be more accurate overall due to the In-Group Hypothesis (Elfenbein & Ambady, 2002). Results showed that both cultures were able to accurately assess both facial expressions, although American participants had stronger evaluations across personality traits.

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