Emotional capture by fearful expressions varies with psychopathic traits. / Ahmed, Saz; Hodsoll, Sara; Dalton, Polly; Sebastian, Catherine.

In: Cognition and Emotion, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2018, p. 207-214.

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Emotional capture by fearful expressions varies with psychopathic traits. / Ahmed, Saz; Hodsoll, Sara; Dalton, Polly; Sebastian, Catherine.

In: Cognition and Emotion, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2018, p. 207-214.

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Ahmed, Saz ; Hodsoll, Sara ; Dalton, Polly ; Sebastian, Catherine. / Emotional capture by fearful expressions varies with psychopathic traits. In: Cognition and Emotion. 2018 ; Vol. 32, No. 1. pp. 207-214.

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