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Communicating and reading emotion with masked faces in the Covid era: A short review of the literature

Abstract : Face masks have proven to be key to slowing down the SARS-Cov2 virus spread in the COVID-19 pandemic context. However, wearing face masks is not devoid of "side-effects", at both the physical and psychosocial levels. In particular, masks hinder emotion reading from facial expressions as they hide a significant part of the face. This disturbs both holistic and featural processing of facial expressions and, therefore, impairs emotion recognition, and influences many aspects of human social behavior. Communication in general is disrupted by face masks, as they modify the wearer's voice and prevent the audience from using lip reading or other non-verbal cues for speech comprehension. Individuals suffering from psychiatric conditions with impairment of communication, are at higher risk of distress because masks increase their difficulties to read emotions from faces. The identification and acknowledgement of these "side-effects" on communication are necessary because they warrant further work on adaptive solutions that will help foster the use of face masks by the greatest number.
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Celine Ramdani, Michael Ogier, Antoine Coutrot. Communicating and reading emotion with masked faces in the Covid era: A short review of the literature. Psychiatry Research, 2022, 316, pp.114755. ⟨10.1016/j.psychres.2022.114755⟩. ⟨hal-03795477⟩

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