I seem to recall reading an article some number of years ago on a study or set of studies that examined the impact that a story has on the interpretation of facial expressions.
Something along the line of where different participants are told different stories about an event and then shown a picture of a facial expression and asked to describe what the person in the picture is feeling. The study, as I vaguely recall it, examined how the interpretation of the facial expression changed based on the different stories given.
Does this ring a bell? My Google searches are turning up related topics but not this specifically. I am not especially knowledgeable of the subject matter, which is hindering my ability to form a useful search, and I'd like to read more about it.
If there is a name for this effect, assuming there is such an effect, it would help me considerably in finding information on it.
I would very much appreciate your consideration and suggestions. Thank you.