Perceived Gaze direction and the processing of facial displays of emotion

Reginald B. Adams, Robert E. Kleck

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Abstract

There is good reason to believe that gaze direction and facial displays of emotion share an information value as signals of approach or avoidance. The combination of these cues in the analysis of social communication, however, has been a virtually neglected area of inquiry. Two studies were conducted to test the prediction that direct gaze would facilitate the processing of facially communicated approach-oriented emotions (e.g., anger and joy), whereas averted gaze would facilitate the processing of facially communicated avoidance-oriented emotions (e.g., fear and sadness). The results of both studies confirmed the central hypothesis and suggest that gaze direction and facial expression are combined in the processing of emotionally relevant facial information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-647
Number of pages4
JournalPsychological Science
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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