A new study, developed by researcher Joao Alves, under the guidance of Professor Freitas Magalhães, Director of the Facial Expression of Emotion Laboratory (FEELab), at Fernando Pessoa University (UFP), in a Portugal, argues that mask use disturbs emotional communication.
The lower part of the face is also covered, the use of mask It causes a greater perception of pain and anger in the brain, which is on alert when looking for patterns and facial expressions.
The statement from FEELab says that the brain seeks to map all the traces that allow the identification of associated emotions and the mask intervenes in this process.
Thus, “the brain searches for the signs in the upper part of the face and intensifies them,” says the professor.
Freitas-Magalhães explains that the behavior is not new.
This is “inherited and evolutionary, and in particular reinforces the instinct to map pain and anger into the selective survival process.”
The findings confirm the “priority of the brain’s instinctive behavior when human survival is at stake,” concludes Freitas Magalhaes.
The director of FEELab is also the author the book Called “The Face of Emotions in the Epidemic – The Lost Brain”, it is available for sale in Brazil.
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