Happiness is unique: A latent structure of emotion recognition traits revealed by statistical model comparison

Atsunobu Suzuki, Takahiro Hoshino, Kazuo Shigemasu

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Is an individual who is sensitive to the facial expressions of a given emotion also sensitive to those of other emotions? This study addressed this simple but fundamental question by examining the latent structure underlying the sensitivity scores for basic emotions expressed by faces (Suzuki, Hoshino, & Shigemasu, 2006a). Eight hundred and five participants took part in the study, and for each participant, the sensitivity scores for happiness, fear, anger, disgust, and sadness were calculated. Variants of a single- factor model were fit to the matrix of correlations among the five sensitivity scores. A solution for the best-fit model indicated an equal contribution from the single factor to the four negative emotions (path coefficient = 0.635) and a smaller contribution to happiness (0.183). Our results imply minimally over- lapped mechanisms underlying the recognition of positive and negative emotions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-201
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1



  • Emotion recognition
  • Facial expression
  • Happiness
  • Individual difference
  • Statistical model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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