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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2006 Mar;7(3):242-9.

Towards the neurobiology of emotional body language.

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Cognitive and Affective Neurosciences Laboratory, Tilburg University, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands. degelder@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu

Abstract

People's faces show fear in many different circumstances. However, when people are terrified, as well as showing emotion, they run for cover. When we see a bodily expression of emotion, we immediately know what specific action is associated with a particular emotion, leaving little need for interpretation of the signal, as is the case for facial expressions. Research on emotional body language is rapidly emerging as a new field in cognitive and affective neuroscience. This article reviews how whole-body signals are automatically perceived and understood, and their role in emotional communication and decision-making.

PMID:
16495945
DOI:
10.1038/nrn1872
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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