[Face-research-list] WANTED: Pictures of facial expressions in younger children

Andreas Johnen a.johnen at uni-muenster.de
Wed Jun 15 16:32:02 BST 2011

Hi all,

first of all a short introduction since this is my first post in this 
list. My name is Andreas Johnen and I work as a research assistant (PhD 
Student) at the Institute for Forensic Psychiatry at the LVR Clinics in 
Essen / Germany. We are currently planning an fMRI study on the neural 
basis of implicit emotional processing in forensic patients. Ultimately 
we want to study emotional empathy in delinquents and especially  in 
convicted child molesters but a paradigm with facial expressions seems 
like a good start to research group differences in neural emotion 
processing. Thus, especially emotional processing of children's facial 
expressions is of interest to us.

For this aim we are looking for a database (or anything really) that 
provides facial expressions (preferably the 5 basic emotions, but at 
least neutral, happy, sad) of children, preferably prepubescent children 
(age 9-14). The Radboud Face Database provides 9 children models, 
however these models appear to be either post-pubescent or in puberty.
Since I already  searched Databases around the web and also in 
publications unsuccesfully, anything can be helpful. If anyone knows 
somebody who has studied children's faces and facial expressions in 
children, differences between processing of children and adult faces, or 
if you can give me any hint on where to look for or who to contact it is 
much appreciated.

Besides that, if anyone is interested in our research, please feel free 
to contact me for more information, possible cooperations or just simply 
out of interest.
Thanks in advance for your input and best regards,


Dipl. Psych. Andreas Johnen
Institut für forensische Psychiatrie/LVR-Klinikum Essen
Virchowstr. 174, 45147 Essen
eMail: a.johnen at uni-muenster.de
Tel: 0201 / 7227103

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