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Psychol Bull. 1992 Nov;112(3):446-60.

Social blushing.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27109.


This article reviews theory and research regarding the physiology, situational and dispositional antecedents, behavioral concomitants, and interpersonal consequences of social blushing and offers a new theoretical account of blushing. This model posits that people blush when they experience undesired social attention. Puzzling questions involving blushing in solitude, the phenomenology of blushing, types of blushing, and blushing in dark-skinned people are discussed.

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