Walk to me when I smile, step back when I’m angry: emotional faces modulate whole-body approach–avoidance behaviors

@inproceedings{Stins2011WalkTM,
  title={Walk to me when I smile, step back when I’m angry: emotional faces modulate whole-body approach–avoidance behaviors},
  author={John F. Stins and Karin Roelofs and Jody Villan and Karen R Kooijman and Muriel A. Hagenaars and Peter J. Beek},
  booktitle={Experimental Brain Research},
  year={2011}
}
Facial expressions are potent social cues that can induce behavioral dispositions, such as approach–avoidance tendencies. We studied these tendencies by asking participants to make whole-body forward (approach) or backward (avoidance) steps on a force plate in response to the valence of social cues (happy or angry faces) under affect-congruent and incongruent mappings. Posturographic parameters of the steps related to automatic stimulus evaluation, step initiation (reaction time), and step… CONTINUE READING
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