Is there an in-group advantage in emotion recognition?

Psychol Bull. 2002 Mar;128(2):243-9. doi: 10.1037/0033-2909.128.2.243.


H. A. Elfenbein and N. Ambady (2002) examined the evidence for an in-group advantage in emotion recognition, whereby recognition is generally more accurate for perceivers from the same cultural group as emotional expressors. D. Matsumoto's (2002) comment centered on 3 asserted methodological requirements. This response addresses the lack of consensus conceming these "requirements" and demonstrates that none alter the presence of the in-group advantage. His analyses had a serious flaw and, once corrected, replicated the original findings. Furthermore, he described results from his empirical work not meeting a literal interpretation of his own requirements. Overall, where Matsumoto considers subtle cross-cultural differences in emotional expression a methodological artifact in judgment studies, the present authors find a core phenomenon worthy of attention.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Affect*
  • Cognition*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Culture*
  • Humans
  • Judgment*