Increased amygdala activation to averted versus direct gaze in humans is independent of valence of facial expression

@article{Straube2010IncreasedAA,
  title={Increased amygdala activation to averted versus direct gaze in humans is independent of valence of facial expression},
  author={Thomas Straube and Bernd Langohr and Stephanie Schmidt and Hans-Joachim Mentzel and Wolfgang H. R. Miltner},
  journal={NeuroImage},
  year={2010},
  volume={49},
  pages={2680-2686}
}
A recent study in monkeys showed that averted gaze displayed by conspecifics activates the amygdala regardless of the valence of facial expression (angry, neutral, appeasing). In contrast to this result, previous findings on amygdala activation to gaze information in humans have been mainly interpreted in terms of threat-related processing of facial signals. In the present event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging study with humans, we investigated brain responses to angry, happy, and… CONTINUE READING
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