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Working memory (WM) theoretically affords the ability to privilege social threats and opportunities over other more mundane information, but few experiments have sought support for this contention. Using a functional

Working memory (WM) theoretically affords the ability to privilege social threats and opportunities over other more mundane information, but few experiments have sought support for this contention. Using a functional logic, we predicted that threatening faces are likely to elicit encoding benefits in WM. Critically, however, threat depends on both the capacities and inclinations of the potential aggressor and the possible responses available to the perceiver.

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    Becker, D. V., Mortensen, C. R., Anderson, U. S., & Sasaki, T. (2014). Out of Sight but Not Out of Mind: Memory Scanning is Attuned to Threatening Faces. Evolutionary Psychology, 12(5), 147470491401200. doi:10.1177/147470491401200504

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