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    Anxiety and sensitivity to eye gaze in emotional faces

    Holmes, Amanda and Richards, Anne and Green, Simon (2006) Anxiety and sensitivity to eye gaze in emotional faces. Brain and Cognition 60 (3), pp. 282-294. ISSN 0278-2626.

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    This paper reports three studies in which stronger orienting to perceived eye gaze direction was revealed when observers viewed faces showing fearful or angry, compared with happy or neutral, emotional expressions. Gaze-related spatial cueing effects to laterally presented fearful faces and centrally presented angry faces were also modulated by the anxiety level of participants, with high- but not low-state anxious individuals revealing enhanced shifts of attention. In contrast, both high- and low-state anxious individuals demonstrated enhanced orienting to averted gaze when viewing laterally presented angry faces. These results provide novel evidence for the rapid integration of facial expression and gaze direction information, and for the regulation of gaze-cued attention by both the emotion conveyed in the perceived face and the degree of anxiety experienced by the observer.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Angry, Attention, Cueing, Fear, Happy, Spatial
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2016 10:12
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:21


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