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Differential impact of trait, social, and attachment anxiety on the stare-in-the-crowd effect

Burra, Nicolas and Massait, Solene and Vrticka, Pascal (2019) 'Differential impact of trait, social, and attachment anxiety on the stare-in-the-crowd effect.' Scientific Reports, 9 (1). ISSN 2045-2322

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Abstract

Eye gaze conveys crucial information for social interactions, with straight versus averted gaze triggering distinct emotional and cognitive processes. The “stare-in-the-crowd” effect exemplifies such differential visual processing of gaze direction, in more recent reports also in interaction with head orientation. Besides aiming at replicating the “stare-in-the-crowd” effect by means of an eye gaze by head orientation interaction, the present study intended to for the first time testing its susceptibility to inter-individual differences in trait, social, and attachment anxiety. Our findings reveal a significant relation between the “stare-in-the-crowd” effect and social and attachment, but not trait anxiety, and therefore provide preliminary cues for personality influences on visual processing of eye gaze and head orientation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 15:36
Last Modified: 19 May 2020 15:36
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27530

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