Implicit Trustworthiness Decisions: Automatic Coding of Face Properties in the Human Amygdala

@article{Engell2007ImplicitTD,
  title={Implicit Trustworthiness Decisions: Automatic Coding of Face Properties in the Human Amygdala},
  author={Andrew D. Engell and James V. Haxby and Alexander Todorov},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
  year={2007},
  volume={19},
  pages={1508-1519}
}
Deciding whether an unfamiliar person is trustworthy is one of the most important decisions in social environments. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to show that the amygdala is involved in implicit evaluations of trustworthiness of faces, consistent with prior findings. The amygdala response increased as perceived trustworthiness decreased in a task that did not demand person evaluation. More importantly, we tested whether this response is due to an individual's idiosyncratic… CONTINUE READING
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