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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 9, Issue 3-4, Pages 115-117

Mirror-Reversal of a Face is Perceived as Expressing Emotions More Intensely

H. S. Asthana and M. K. Mandal

Department of Psychology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi – 221 005, India

Received 11 March 1996; Accepted 10 October 1996

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study examined hemispatial bias in a free-viewing condition of the judgement of facial expressions of emotions. Right-handed male subjects were asked to judge the intensity, in terms of expressiveness, of facial emotion in normal and mirror-reversed orientations. Expressions in mirror-reversed orientation were perceived as more intense than in normal orientation.