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From Faces to Prosocial Behavior: Cues, Tools, and Mechanisms

Adolphs, Ralph and Tusche, Anita (2017) From Faces to Prosocial Behavior: Cues, Tools, and Mechanisms. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26 (3). pp. 282-287. ISSN 0963-7214. PMCID PMC5608038. doi:10.1177/0963721417694656.

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In this review, we ask how looking at people’s faces can influence prosocial behaviors toward them. Components of this process have been studied in two disparate literatures: one focused on the perception of faces and judgments based on them, using both psychological and neuroscience approaches, and a second focused on actual social behaviors as studied in behavioral economics and decision science. Bridging these disciplines requires a mechanistic account of how processing of particular face attributes or features influences social judgments and behaviors. We review these two lines of research and suggest that combining some of their methodological tools may reveal the bridging mechanistic explanations.

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Adolphs, Ralph0000-0002-8053-9692
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Additional Information:© The Author(s) 2017. We thank Juri Minxha and Shuo Wang for helpful comments on the manuscript, and Anna Skomorovsky for help with Figure 2. Research reported in this article was funded by a Conte Center grant to both authors from National Institute of Mental Health. The authors declared that they had no conflicts of interest with respect to their authorship or the publication of this article.
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Subject Keywords:face perception, social judgments, eye tracking, drift-diffusion model, altruism
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PubMed Central ID:PMC5608038
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Official Citation:From Faces to Prosocial Behavior: Cues, Tools, and Mechanisms Ralph Adolphs, Anita Tusche Current Directions in Psychological Science Vol 26, Issue 3, pp. 282 - 287 First published date: June-14-2017 10.1177/0963721417694656
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