Why Getting Scared "Magnifies' Our Eyes, University of Toronto Study

Published: May 09, 2013

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We go wide-eyed with fear because a larger visual field makes it easier to see threats, and the expression can help others spot the source of danger, say researchers. “Emotional expressions look the way they do for a reason,” says Daniel Lee, a graduate student in the University of Toronto department of psychology. “They are socially useful for communicating emotional states, but they are also useful as raw physical signals. In the case of widened eyes, they help send a clearer gaze signal that tells observers to ‘look there.’”

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