Just another face in the crowd: Evidence for decreased detection of angry faces in children with Williams syndrome

@article{Santos2010JustAF,
  title={Just another face in the crowd: Evidence for decreased detection of angry faces in children with Williams syndrome},
  author={Andreia Santos and Catarina Silva and Delphine Rosset and Christine Deruelle},
  journal={Neuropsychologia},
  year={2010},
  volume={48},
  pages={1071-1078}
}
The detection of social threat is crucial for adaptive behaviour. Previous studies have shown that angry faces capture attention and are processed more efficiently than happy faces. While this anger superiority effect has been found in typical and atypical development, it is unknown whether it exists in individuals with Williams syndrome (WS), who show reduced social fear and atypical sociability. In this study, children with WS searched for angry or happy target faces surrounded by 2, 5 or 8… CONTINUE READING
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