A recent study has found that how we understand the emotional expression of a face or voice is heavily influenced by the perceived sex, and vice versa. The study was published in the journal, ‘Emotion’.
The study also found that faces and voices are more likely to be judged as male when they are angry, and as female when they are happy. Dr Sebastian Korb, from the Department of Psychology, hoped the research will be expanded and could help make us more aware of our built-in biases.
He said, “This study shows how important it is not to rely too much on your first impressions, as they can easily be wrong.” “Next time you find yourself attributing happiness or sadness to a woman be aware of your bias and possible misinterpretation,” he added.
“Interestingly, there wasn’t a gender divide in the way the perceived sex of a face affected emotional judgements — but women were slightly more sensitive to subtle changes in emotion overall,” he concluded.