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Sara Beg PSY 2012 Section AW59 Kimberly Renk Willis, M. L., Burke, D., & Palermo, R. (2011). Judging Approachability on the Face of It: The Influence of Face and Body Expressions on the Perception of Approachability. Emotion . Retrieved June 17, 2011, from PsycARTICLES database.
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In everyday life, one makes various decisions, including who to walk up to and say hi to at a social event. When that person is a stranger, one usually approaches that person because one feels that that person is approachable. In this study, researchers seek to investigate how people judge how approachable another person is based on posture and facial expressions. Past research shows that the amygdala, which is active when a person is afraid, becomes increasingly active when faced with facial expressions that are perceived to be negative. Also, in cases where a person’s amygdala failed to function normally, his/her ability to judge approachability in a neutral face was reduced. This connection between the amygdala and judging approachability arises from the amygdala’s active role in fear; one must be perceived as nonthreatening (and therefore, not a cause for fear) in order to be judged as approachable. In addition to facial expressions, body language plays a crucial part in approachability, and, like a facial expression, a certain gesture can communicate a specific emotion. Past studies show that the amygdala does, in fact, recognize emotions communicated both through facial expressions and through body language. In this study, researchers focused on how emotions communicated by facial expressions and body movements affects the perception of an individual’s approachability. In the first experiment, the researchers aimed to demonstrate how a facial expression and body language can influence approachability even though, for the first experiment, the faces were cut off from the bodies and each was presented separately. In the second experiment, researchers examined how
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