The use of face masks has the potential to greatly reduce the efficacy and ability of nonverbal communication during in-person social interactions. The purpose of this study is to determine the consequences and implications that face masks have on nonverbal communication, as well as the effect that the use of face masks has on an individual's ability to perceive emotions based on facial expressions. It is believed that an individual would be statistically successful matching an unmasked facial expression to a pictured emotion, but not as statistically successful matching a masked facial expression to a pictured emotion. This study will be carried out via the use of a survey containing pictures of a person displaying various emotions, both with and without face masks, in which participants would be asked to match listed emotions with what they believe the acted emotion portrays
White, Marshall and Hiatt, Kyle, "Masking Away Our Emotions" (2021). Fall Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. 156.