From Body Perception to Action Preparation:

Beatrice de Gelder

in People Watching

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393705
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979271 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

From Body Perception to Action Preparation:

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Current models of emotion perception are almost exclusively based on studies of facial expressions. This chapter reviews evidence from psychophysiological, neurophysiological, computational, and patient studies that has documented numerous similarities in and interactions between the processing of emotions from the face and body. Furthermore, it is argued that threatening emotions conveyed by bodily expressions are automatically processed and trigger evolutionarily adaptive activity in the observer’s action system.

Keywords: face perception; body perception; emotion perception; action perception; threat perception; evolution; adaptation; affective science; attention; automaticity; consciousness; action understanding

Chapter.  10872 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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