Eye Tracking the Face in the Crowd Task: Why Are Angry Faces Found More Quickly?

@inproceedings{Shasteen2014EyeTT,
  title={Eye Tracking the Face in the Crowd Task: Why Are Angry Faces Found More Quickly?},
  author={Jonathon R Shasteen and Noah J. Sasson and Amy E. Pinkham},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2014}
}
Among a crowd of distractor faces, threatening or angry target faces are identified more quickly and accurately than are nonthreatening or happy target faces, a finding known as the "face in the crowd effect." Two perceptual explanations of the effect have been proposed: (1) the "target orienting" hypothesis (i.e., threatening targets orient attention more quickly than do nonthreatening targets and (2) the "distractor processing" hypothesis (i.e., nonthreatening distractors paired with a… CONTINUE READING
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