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Fear attenuated and affection augmented: male self-presentation in a romantic context

Dosmukhambetova, Dina and Manstead, Antony Stephen Reid 2012. Fear attenuated and affection augmented: male self-presentation in a romantic context. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior 36 (2) , pp. 135-147. 10.1007/s10919-011-0126-1

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We investigated whether males use facial behavior strategically in order to increase their desirability as romantic partners. Participants were led to believe that a female research assistant who was either attractive or unattractive was observing them. Their task was to watch three short films: an excerpt from a horror film, a video of infants, and a neutral film. Males who thought they were being observed by the attractive assistant frowned less (AU4) while watching the horror film and smiled more (AU12, with and without AU6) while watching the infant film. Assistant attractiveness did not affect males’ facial behavior while they were watching the neutral film

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotion ; Evolutionary psychology ; Facial expression ; Impression management ; Nonverbal behavior ; Social image
ISSN: 0191-5886
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:01

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