Emotional responses to disfigured faces and Disgust Sensitivity: An eye-tracking study

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Stone, A. and Potton, Anita 2017. Emotional responses to disfigured faces and Disgust Sensitivity: An eye-tracking study. Journal of Health Psychology. 24 (9), pp. 1191-1200.
AuthorsStone, A. and Potton, Anita
Abstract

Facial disfigurement attracts attention and evokes negative emotion, but evidence is lacking for a link between these two reactions. The present experiment (n = 29) investigated emotional and attentional reactions to photographs of people with disfigured faces. An eye-tracker was used to measure fixation on internal expressive features and on the forehead. Disfigurement to the internal expressive features invoked a stronger emotional reaction than disfigurement to the forehead. Attention in the area of disfigurement was associated with negative emotion (embarrassment, sympathy, disgust, repulsion) as well as surprise. Attention to the disfigurement, and negative emotion, was related to the trait of Disgust Sensitivity.

JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Journal citation24 (9), pp. 1191-1200
ISSN1359-1053
Year2017
PublisherSAGE Publications
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1359105317692856
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105317692856
Publication dates
Online20 Feb 2017
Print01 Aug 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited05 Oct 2018
Copyright informationStone, A., Potton, A., Emotional responses to disfigured faces and Disgust Sensitivity: An eye-tracking study, Journal of Health Psychology (In Press) pp. xx-xx. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105317692856. © 2017 The authors.
Page range1191-1200
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