Salience of emotional displays of danger and contagion in faces is enhanced when progesterone levels are raised.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/29500
Title:
Salience of emotional displays of danger and contagion in faces is enhanced when progesterone levels are raised.
Authors:
Conway, C.A.; Jones, B.C.; DeBruine, L.M.; Welling, L.L.M.; Law Smith, M.J.; Perrett, D.I.; Sharp, Martin A.; Al-Dujaili, E.A.S.
Abstract:
Findings from previous studies of hormone-mediated behavior in women suggest that raised progesterone level increases the probability of behaviors that will reduce the likelihood of disruption to fetal development during pregnancy (e.g. increased avoidance of sources of contagion). Here, we tested women's (N=52) sensitivity to potential cues to nearby sources of contagion (disgusted facial expressions with averted gaze) and nearby physical threat (fearful facial expressions with averted gaze) at two points in the menstrual cycle differing in progesterone level. Women demonstrated a greater tendency to perceive fearful and disgusted expressions with averted gaze as more intense than those with direct gaze when their progesterone level was relatively high. By contrast, change in progesterone level was not associated with any change in perceptions of happy expressions with direct and averted gaze, indicating that our findings for disgusted and fearful expressions were not due to a general response bias. Collectively, our findings suggest women are more sensitive to facial cues signalling nearby contagion and physical threat when raised progesterone level prepares the body for pregnancy.
Citation:
Hormones and Behavior, 51(2): 202-206
Publisher:
Elsevier Science Direct
Journal:
Hormones and Behavior
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/29500
DOI:
10.1016/j.yhbeh.2006.10.002
PubMed ID:
17150220
Additional Links:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WGC-4MH2C47-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=5cfcd6f046add7a8045936dfe611abe2
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0018-506X
Appears in Collections:
Psychology of Health Research Group

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorConway, C.A.-
dc.contributor.authorJones, B.C.-
dc.contributor.authorDeBruine, L.M.-
dc.contributor.authorWelling, L.L.M.-
dc.contributor.authorLaw Smith, M.J.-
dc.contributor.authorPerrett, D.I.-
dc.contributor.authorSharp, Martin A.-
dc.contributor.authorAl-Dujaili, E.A.S.-
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-04T11:51:39Z-
dc.date.available2008-06-04T11:51:39Z-
dc.date.issued2007-
dc.identifier.citationHormones and Behavior, 51(2): 202-206en
dc.identifier.issn0018-506X-
dc.identifier.pmid17150220-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.yhbeh.2006.10.002-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/29500-
dc.description.abstractFindings from previous studies of hormone-mediated behavior in women suggest that raised progesterone level increases the probability of behaviors that will reduce the likelihood of disruption to fetal development during pregnancy (e.g. increased avoidance of sources of contagion). Here, we tested women's (N=52) sensitivity to potential cues to nearby sources of contagion (disgusted facial expressions with averted gaze) and nearby physical threat (fearful facial expressions with averted gaze) at two points in the menstrual cycle differing in progesterone level. Women demonstrated a greater tendency to perceive fearful and disgusted expressions with averted gaze as more intense than those with direct gaze when their progesterone level was relatively high. By contrast, change in progesterone level was not associated with any change in perceptions of happy expressions with direct and averted gaze, indicating that our findings for disgusted and fearful expressions were not due to a general response bias. Collectively, our findings suggest women are more sensitive to facial cues signalling nearby contagion and physical threat when raised progesterone level prepares the body for pregnancy.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevier Science Directen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WGC-4MH2C47-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=5cfcd6f046add7a8045936dfe611abe2-
dc.subjectThreat-
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten
dc.subject.meshAdulten
dc.subject.meshAnalysis of Varianceen
dc.subject.meshCuesen
dc.subject.meshEmotionsen
dc.subject.meshFacial Expressionen
dc.subject.meshFemaleen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshMenstrual Cycleen
dc.subject.meshNonverbal Communicationen
dc.subject.meshPattern Recognition, Visualen
dc.subject.meshPersuasive Communicationen
dc.subject.meshPhotic Stimulationen
dc.subject.meshProgesteroneen
dc.subject.meshReference Valuesen
dc.subject.meshSalivaen
dc.subject.meshVisual Perceptionen
dc.titleSalience of emotional displays of danger and contagion in faces is enhanced when progesterone levels are raised.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalHormones and Behavioren

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