In recent years, bodily expression perception has become an important field in the research of emotional processing. In order to deeply know of the intrinsic mechanisms of processing bodily expressions, an increasing number of foreign researchers have used event-related potential, magneto encephalography and functional magnetic resonance techniques to investigate the neural mechanisms of processing bodily expressions. They found that emotion and behavior are closely associated, and that three possible mechanisms may explain the roles of bodily expression in emotional processing, and that the processing of bodily expression is modulated by attentional resources in abnormal and normal participants. Future researches can examine the effect of facial expression on processing bodily expression, and the relationship between attentional resources and valence of bodily expressions, as well as the relationship between attentional resources and arousal of bodily expressions.
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