a1 Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, INSERM U960, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 75005 Paris, France. email@example.com http://www.grezes.ens.fr/people.php?id=2 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.grezes.ens.fr/people.php?id=1
a2 Laboratory for the Study of Emotion Elicitation and Expression (E3 Lab), Department of Psychology, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, CH-1205 Geneva, Switzerland
Niedenthal et al. postulate that eye contact with the expresser of an emotion automatically initiates embodied simulation. Our commentary explores the generality of such an eye contact effect for emotions other than happiness. Based on the appraisal theory of emotion, we propose that embodied simulation may be reinforced by mutual or averted gaze as a function of emotional context.