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Staring fear in the face

The unusual case of SM, a person who has a very specific deficit in recognizing fearful expressions on people's faces, is providing intriguing insights into how we perceive emotion.

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Figure 1: How the eyes contribute to facial expressions of fear.

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Vuilleumier, P. Staring fear in the face. Nature 433, 22–23 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1038/433022a

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