Why Do We Widen Our Eyes in Fear and Surprise and Narrow Our Eyes in Anger and Disgust?

Why do we widen and narrow our eyes when we feel different emotions.
Eye widening vs Eye narrowing

Eye widening –Fear and Surprise- The eye widening increases light and sensitively expands are field of vision see more of what we like or what is threatening.

Eye narrowing – Anger and Disgust – The eye narrowing squint reduces light sharpens focus on the source of our displeasure.


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