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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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Some Things Get Better With Age

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Most Underappreciated
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Paula M. Niedenthal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.003.0025

Paula M. Niedenthal reflects on her most underappreciated work: her research on the relationship between facial expression and emotion based on the vascular theory of emotional efference (VTEE). Originally proposed by Robert B. Zajonc, VTEE suggested that facial muscular movement could constrict venous flow by its action on the cavernous sinus, causing the arterial blood flow to the brain to cool. This cooling alters the feeling of emotion. Niedenthal describes the reaction of the social psychology community to the findings of her study.

Keywords:   Paula M. Niedenthal, facial expression, emotion, vascular theory of emotional efference, Robert B. Zajonc, facial muscular movement, cavernous sinus, arterial blood flow, brain, social psychology

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