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Distinct contributions to facial emotion perception of foveated vs nonfoveated facial features.

Atkinson, A.P. and Smithson, H.E. (2013) 'Distinct contributions to facial emotion perception of foveated vs nonfoveated facial features.', Emotion review., 5 (1). pp. 30-35.


Foveated stimuli receive visual processing that is quantitatively and qualitatively different from non-foveated stimuli. At normal interpersonal distances, people move their eyes around another’s face so that certain features receive foveal processing; on any given fixation, other features therefore project extrafoveally. Yet little is known about the processing of extrafoveally-presented facial features, how informative those extrafoveally-presented features are for face perception (e.g., for assessing another’s emotion), or what processes extract task-relevant (e.g., emotion-related) cues from facial features that first appear outside the fovea, and how these processes are implemented in the brain.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Amygdala, Attention, Emotion perception, Eye movements, Face perception, Peripheral vision, Magnocellular.
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Publisher statement:The final definitive version of this article has been published in the journal Emotion review, 5/1, 2013 © The Authors by SAGE Publications Ltd on behalf of the International Society for Research on Emotion at the Emotion review page: on SAGE Journals Online:
Date accepted:26 May 2012
Date deposited:17 December 2013
Date of first online publication:2013
Date first made open access:No date available

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