The effects of fear and anger facial expressions on approach- and avoidance-related behaviors.

@article{Marsh2005TheEO,
  title={The effects of fear and anger facial expressions on approach- and avoidance-related behaviors.},
  author={Abigail A. Marsh and Nalini Ambady and Robert E. Kleck},
  journal={Emotion},
  year={2005},
  volume={5 1},
  pages={
          119-24
        }
}
The facial expressions of fear and anger are universal social signals in humans. Both expressions have been frequently presumed to signify threat to perceivers and therefore are often used in studies investigating responses to threatening stimuli. Here the authors show that the anger expression facilitates avoidance-related behavior in participants, which supports the notion of this expression being a threatening stimulus. The fear expression, on the other hand, facilitates approach behaviors… CONTINUE READING

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