Affective Signals of Threat Increase Perceived Proximity

@article{Cole2013AffectiveSO,
  title={Affective Signals of Threat Increase Perceived Proximity},
  author={Shana Cole and Emily Balcetis and David Dunning},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2013},
  volume={24},
  pages={34 - 40}
}
Do stimuli appear to be closer when they are more threatening? We tested people’s perceptions of distance to stimuli that they felt were threatening relative to perceptions of stimuli they felt were disgusting or neutral. Two studies demonstrated that stimuli that emitted affective signals of threat (e.g., an aggressive male student) were seen as physically closer than stimuli that emitted affective signals of disgust (e.g., a repulsive male student) or no affective signal. Even after… Expand

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