3 years ago

From faces to prosocial behavior: cues, tools, and mechanisms.

In this review we ask how looking at people's faces can influence prosocial behaviors towards them. Components of this process have often been studied by disparate literatures: one focused on perception and judgment of faces, 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 more mechanistic account of how processing of particular face attributes or features influences social judgments and behaviors. Here we review these two lines of research, and suggest that combining some of their methodological tools can provide the bridging mechanistic explanations.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1177/0963721417694656

DOI: 10.1177/0963721417694656

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