Neural correlates of the perception of dynamic versus static facial expressions of emotion

Henrik Kessler, Cornelia Doyen-Waldecker, Christian Hofer, Holger Hoffmann, Harald C. Traue & Birgit Abler
Aim: This study investigated brain areas involved in the perception of dynamic facial expressions of emotion. Methods: A group of 30 healthy subjects was measured with fMRI when passively viewing prototypical facial expressions of fear, disgust, sadness and happiness. Using morphing techniques, all faces were displayed as still images and also dynamically as a film clip with the expressions evolving from neutral to emotional. Results: Irrespective of a specific emotion, dynamic stimuli selectively activated bilateral...