Researchers created a questionnaire to investigate how expressive actions used to communicate to other people correlate to ability to understand emotions of others.
Study revealed that there is a direct connection – more expressive people tend to be more empathic.
Dr Justin Williams, leader of this research, said: “empathising is a skill associated with the experience and expression of actions such as gesture and facial expression. Children with autism have difficulties in these kinds of social communication. The results of this study suggest that it may be possible to promote empathic ability using drama-type activities that teach social actions like facial expressions and gestures”.