Making use of facial threat signals requires both emotion and spatial processing – both the emotion and the gaze-target must be identified. Females typically outperform males on emotion recognition tasks, whereas males typically outperform females on spatial processing (SP) tasks. Evolutionary theories suggest that females’ advantage in recognition of threat emotions, in particular, developed due to survival demands; we extend this theory, suggesting that threat localization via SP of gaze direction also promoted survival. Using a novel measure, we tested and found support for the hypothesis that gaze localization would be preferentially enhanced in females for threat compared to nonthreat expressions.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Jul 2014|
|Event||Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science 24th Annual Meeting - Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada|
Duration: 3 Jul 2014 → 5 Jul 2014
|Conference||Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science 24th Annual Meeting|
|Abbreviated title||CSBBCS 2014|
|Period||3/07/14 → 5/07/14|
O'Bertos, S., Sykes Tottenham, L., Thompson, G., & Hatin, B. (2014). Emotion from a different angle: facial threat signals affect female spatial processing. 17-17. Poster session presented at Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science 24th Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.