Face Stimulus Set
Research Network on Early Experience and Brain Development has
developed a battery of 646 facial expression stimuli for use in its own
and other studies of face and emotion recognition.
Images include the
following expressions, displayed by a variety of models of various
genders and races: fearful, happy, sad, angry, surprised, calm,
We are in the process of
getting validity ratings on these face stimuli. However, preliminary
data indicate high agreement amongst children and adult raters
(Tottenham, N., Borscheid, A., Ellertsen, K., Marcus, D.J., Nelson,
C.A. (April, 2002). Categorization of Facial Expressions in Children
and Adults: Establishing a Larger Stimulus Set. Poster presented at the
Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, San Francisco). This
site will be updated when more data are analyzed.
We are making these
stimuli available to the public free of charge. We require registration
and acceptance of our terms and conditions to use the stimulus set.
By downloading the set,
you agree to
use the images for research
purposes only and agree to the
Only models #01, 03, 18,
28, 40, & 45 may be published, and these may only be published
in scientific journals.
Researchers may not
publish images from the remaining models anywhere.
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