The motivational power of the happy face

TitleThe motivational power of the happy face
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsNikitin, J, Freund, AM
JournalBrain Sciences
Volume9
Number1
Pagination6
ISSN2076-3425
Keywordswww2
Abstract

{People who are cheerful have better social relationships. This might be the case because happy faces communicate an invitation to interact. Thus, happy faces might have a strong motivational effect on others. We tested this hypothesis in a set of four studies. Study 1 (N = 94) showed that approach reactions to happy faces are faster than other reactions to happy or angry faces. Study 2 (N = 99) found the same effect when comparing reactions to happy faces with reactions to disgusted faces. Supporting the notion that this effect is related to motivation, habitual social approach motivation intensified the motivational effect of happy faces (Study 3

URLhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6356968/
DOI10.3390/brainsci9010006
PubMed ID30621081