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Reduced willingness to approach genuine smilers in social anxiety explained by potential for social evaluation, not misperception of smile authenticity

Dawel, Amy; Dumbleton, Rachael; O'Kearney, Richard; Wright, Layne; McKone, Elinor


We investigate perception of, and responses to, facial expression authenticity for the first time in social anxiety, testing genuine and polite smiles. Experiment 1 (N = 141) found perception of smile authenticity was unaffected, but that approach ratings, which are known to be reduced in social anxiety for happy faces, are more strongly reduced for genuine than polite smiles. Moreover, we found an independent contribution of social anxiety to approach ratings, over and above general negative...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-12-26
Type: Journal article
Source: Cognition and Emotion
DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2018.1561421
Access Rights: Open Access


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