Does complexion color affect the experience of blushing?

Angela Simon, Stephanie Shields

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This study examined the relationship between blushing and complexion color. Asian (n = 62), Black (n = 26), Hispanic (n = 18), and White (n = 165,) respondents completed a self-report measure assessing various aspects of their typical blushing experience. In line with predictions, lighter complexionedindividuals were more likely than darker complexioned individuals to report visible color change as part of 'their blushing experience and to indicate that changes in visible skin color influenced others' reactions to their blushes. Experiences which do not directly involve visibility such as the frequency, ease, latency, and duration of blushing showed no differences. No major sex differences emerged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-188
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Behavior and Personality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • General Psychology


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