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Masked Presentations of Emotional Facial Expressions Modulate Amygdala Activity without Explicit Knowledge
This study, using fMRI in conjunction with masked stimulus presentations, represents an initial step toward determining the role of the amygdala in nonconscious processing. Expand
Response and Habituation of the Human Amygdala during Visual Processing of Facial Expression
The human amygdala responds preferentially to emotionally valenced faces and rapidly habituates to them and is counterbalanced to happy versus neutral faces, suggesting a possible generalized response to emotions valenced stimuli. Expand
Beautiful Faces Have Variable Reward Value fMRI and Behavioral Evidence
Functional magnetic resonance imaging at 3 T shows that passive viewing of beautiful female faces activates reward circuitry, in particular the nucleus accumbens. Expand
Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty
What is beauty? Why are some people considered more beautiful than others? Written by a practising psychologist who has been researching the perception of human faces, this book offers aExpand
Facial expression megamix: Tests of dimensional and category accounts of emotion recognition
Four experiments investigating the perception of photographic quality continua of interpolated ('morphed') facial expressions derived from prototypes of the 6 emotions in the Ekman and Friesen series suggest that rapid classification of prototypes and better across boundary discriminability reflect the underlying organisation of human categorisation abilities. Expand
Categorical and contextual bases of person memory and stereotyping.
In three studies, subjects observed slide and tape portrayals of interacting small groups that were of mixed sex or mixed race. Hypotheses tested were (a) that social perceivers encode personExpand
Categorical Perception of Morphed Facial Expressions
Using computer-generated line-drawings, Etcoff and Magee (1992) found evidence of categorical perception of facial expressions. We report four experiments that replicated and extended Etcoff andExpand
Categorical perception of facial expressions
People universally recognize facial expressions of happiness, sadness, fear, anger, disgust, and perhaps, surprise, suggesting a perceptual mechanism tuned to the facial configuration displaying eachExpand
Cosmetics as a Feature of the Extended Human Phenotype: Modulation of the Perception of Biologically Important Facial Signals
The results provide evidence that judgments of facial trustworthiness and attractiveness are at least partially separable, and that beauty has a significant positive effect on judgment of competence, a universal dimension of social cognition, but has a more nuanced effect on the other universaldimension of social warmth. Expand
Selective attention to facial identity and facial emotion
  • N. Etcoff
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Neuropsychologia
  • 31 December 1984
Patients with lesions to either the right or left hemisphere and control subjects were asked to discriminate photographs of faces and then to sort these photographs according to the identity of the face or the emotion displayed, suggesting that their impairment with faces cannot be attributed to deficits in selective attention in general. Expand