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The eyes are sufficient to produce a threat superiority effect.

Abstract:
The research described in this article used a visual search task and demonstrated that the eye region alone can produce a threat superiority effect. Indeed, the magnitude of the threat superiority effect did not increase with whole-face, relative to eye-region-only, stimuli. The authors conclude that the configuration of the eyes provides a key signal of threat, which can mediate the search advantage for threat-related facial expressions.

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10.1037/1528-3542.6.3.534

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford
Role:
Author
Journal:
Emotion (Washington, D.C.)
Volume:
6
Issue:
3
Pages:
534-539
Publication date:
2006-08-05
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EISSN:
1931-1516
ISSN:
1528-3542
URN:
uuid:a3b353f7-8ace-4fed-897b-9138a478dad9
Source identifiers:
421387
Local pid:
pubs:421387

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