Predicting aggressive tendencies by visual attention bias associated with hostile emotions

Ping I. Lin, Cheng Da Hsieh, Chi Hung Juan, Md Monir Hossain, Craig A. Erickson, Yang Han Lee, Mu Chun Su

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The goal of the current study is to clarify the relationship between social information processing (e.g., visual attention to cues of hostility, hostility attribution bias, and facial expression emotion labeling) and aggressive tendencies. Thirty adults were recruited in the eyetracking study that measured various components in social information processing. Baseline aggressive tendencies were measured using the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire (AQ). Visual attention towards hostile objects was measured as the proportion of eye gaze fixation duration on cues of hostility. Hostility attribution bias was measured with the rating results for emotions of characters in the images. The results show that the eye gaze duration on hostile characters was significantly inversely correlated with the AQ score and less eye contact with an angry face. The eye gaze duration on hostile object was not significantly associated with hostility attribution bias, although hostility attribution bias was significantly positively associated with the AQ score. Our findings suggest that eye gaze fixation time towards non-hostile cues may predict aggressive tendencies.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0149487
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2016


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