The mask will not prevent children from understanding facial expressions

New York, the use of face coverings to hold COVID-19 under control does not prevent children from understanding facial expressions, a study says.

The Research, published in PLOS ONE magazine, showed that children weren’t too bad at identifying emotions like sadness, anger and fear from faces covered with masks.

“We now have this situation where adults and children have to continually interact with people whose faces are partially covered, and many adults are wondering if this will be a problem for children. emotional development,” She said Ashley Steals, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Child Emotion Lab in the United States.

The researchers showed more than 80 children, ages 7 to 13, photos of faces showing unimpeded sadness, anger or fear, covered in a surgical mask or wearing sunglasses.

The children were asked to assign an emotion to each face from a list of six labels.

Faces were slowly revealed, with jumbled pixels from the original image falling into their correct 14-step position to better simulate how real-world interactions may require putting things together from odd angles or fleeting glances.

Boys were right about uncovered faces up to 66% of the time, well above the odds (about 17%) of guessing a correct emotion out of the six options.

With a mask on the street, they correctly identified sadness about 28% of the time, anger 27% of the time, and fear 18% of the time.

“Not surprisingly, it was more difficult with parts of the face covered. But even with a mask that covered the nose and mouth, the children were able to identify these emotions at a better rate than the case,” Ruba said.