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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.

Original publication

DOI

10.1037/1528-3542.6.3.534

Type

Journal article

Journal

Emotion

Publication Date

08/2006

Volume

6

Pages

534 - 539

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Anger, Arousal, Discrimination Learning, Emotions, Eye, Facial Expression, Female, Happiness, Humans, Nonverbal Communication, Orientation, Pattern Recognition, Visual, Reaction Time