April Event: “It’s written all over your face” with Ben Steward

Canberra Skeptics proudly presents:

“It’s written all over your face”: Is it time we updated our understanding of emotion perception?

Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Speaker: Ben Steward
Please register via Demio


Western philosophy and science have long tried to unpick and understand emotion perception, with the human face often taking centre stage. This continues into current psychological research with isolated images of faces being used frequently to explore how we perceive emotion both behaviourally and neurologically. More recent evidence has shown how this narrow lens, although valuable, loses a large and important portion of the rich visual scene from which we begin to understand the emotional states of other. To understand the current conversations surrounding emotion perception, we’ll explore both the behavioural and neurological evidence and discuss how the more common view of emotion may be a little off the mark.

Ben Steward is a current first-year Ph.D. candidate at the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. His research is focused on how we perceive emotion and integrate information from different sources of the visual scene. Ben graduated from the University of Kent in Psychology with Clinical Psychology (BSc) and then from the University of Sussex in Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc) before starting at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He then moved to Australia and worked at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education in Sydney before moving to the ANU.

The views expressed during this talk do not necessarily represent those of Canberra Skeptics.

Questions can be sent via Demio or emailed to canberraskeptics@gmail.com.

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