This study investigated the link between executive functioning (e.g., planning, shifting, inhibiting) and emotional recognition ability based on facial expressions. In addition, differences in emotional recognition and executive functioning among college majors and year in school was assessed. Gender differences were studied as well. A sample of 53 volunteer undergraduate students were administered an abbreviated version of Ekman's Pictures of Facial Affect (AEFER) and the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test: Computer Version 4 (WCST:CV$). Findings indicate a moderate association between emotional recognition and executive functioning. Participants' performance varied on emotional recognition tasks based on year and major. Also, differences in executive functioning performance were found based on major and year. Gender differences were not found in this sample of participants.

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Face perception; Facial expression; Executive ability--Testing; Social perception; Recognition (Psychology)

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School Psychology (MS)

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Psychology (CLA)


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