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Title: Gaze Perception Requires Focused Attention: Evidence From an Interference Task
Authors: Burton, A Mike
Bindemann, Markus
Langton, Stephen
Schweinberger, Stefan R
Jenkins, Rob
Contact Email: srhl1@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: gaze
face perception
attention
Issue Date: Feb-2009
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Citation: Burton AM, Bindemann M, Langton S, Schweinberger SR & Jenkins R (2009) Gaze Perception Requires Focused Attention: Evidence From an Interference Task, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35 (1), pp. 108-118.
Abstract: The direction of another person's gaze is difficult to ignore when presented at the center of attention. In 6 experiments, perception of unattended gaze was investigated. Participants made directional (left-right) judgments to gazing-face or pointing-hand targets, which were accompanied by a distractor face or hand. Processing of the distractor was assessed via congruency effects on target response times. Congruency effects were found from the direction of distractor hands but not from the direction of distractor gazes (Experiment 1). This pattern persisted even when distractor sizes were increased to compensate for their peripheral presentation (Experiments 2 and 5). In contrast, congruency effects were exerted by profile heads (Experiments 3 and 4). In Experiment 6, isolated eye region distractors produced no congruency effects, even when they were presented near the target. These results suggest that, unlike other facial information, gaze direction cannot be perceived outside the focus of attention. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (from the journal abstract)
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/21054
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0096-1523.35.1.108
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Affiliation: University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow
Psychology
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
University of Glasgow

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