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A person wielding a gun focuses more intently on the face of an opponent with a gun, presumably to try to determine that person’s likelihood of pulling the trigger, according to a new study that builds on gun-in-hand research from the University of Notre Dame.


Notre Dame Associate Professor of Psychology James Brockmole, who specializes in human cognition and how the visual world guides behavior, conducted the research at Notre Dame with Adam Biggs, currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and Jessica Witt, associate professor of cognitive psychology at Colorado State University.


Building on the team’s previous research that shows holding a gun increases a person’s inclination to see guns in the hands of others, “Armed and Attentive: Holding a weapon can bias attentional priorities in scene viewing” is forthcoming in Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.

Read more: Armed and attentive: The face is the focus for a person wielding a gun, new study shows - The Almagest
 

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So very true and accurate, a persons face will "tell" if they are willing to shoot and when. Eyes will tend to squint and mouths will tighten prior to shooting.
 
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