Fear Extinction to an Out-Group Face: The Role of Target Gender

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Title: Fear Extinction to an Out-Group Face: The Role of Target Gender
Author: Navarrete, Carlos D.; Thomsen, Lotte; Olsson, Andreas; Mendes, Wendy; Sidanius, James; Ho, Arnold

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Citation: Navarrete, Carlos D., Andreas Olsson, Arnold K. Ho, Wendy B. Mendes, Lotte Thomsen, and James Sidanius. 2009. Fear extinction to an out-group face: the role of target gender. Psychological Science 20(2): 155-158.
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Abstract: Conditioning studies on humans and other primates show that fear responses acquired toward danger-relevant stimuli, such as snakes, resist extinction, whereas responses toward danger-irrelevant stimuli, such as birds, are more readily extinguished. Similar evolved biases may extend to human groups, as recent research demonstrates that a conditioned fear response to faces of persons of a social out-group resists extinction, whereas fear toward a social in-group is more readily extinguished. Here, we provide an important extension to previous work by demonstrating that this fear-extinction bias occurs solely when the exemplars are male. These results underscore the importance of considering how gender of the target stimulus affects psychological and physiological responses to out-group threat.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02273.x
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