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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Cognitive demands of face monitoring: evidence for visuospatial overload
Authors: Doherty-Sneddon, Gwyneth
Bonner, Lesley
Bruce, Vicki
Keywords: Visuospatial
Cognitive demands
Issue Date: Oct-2001
Publisher: Psychonomic Society
Citation: Doherty-Sneddon G, Bonner L & Bruce V (2001) Cognitive demands of face monitoring: evidence for visuospatial overload, Memory and Cognition, 29 (7), pp. 909-919.
Abstract: Young children perform difficult communication tasks better face-to-face compared with when they cannot see one another (e.g. Doherty-Sneddon & Kent, 1996). However in recent studies, it was found that children aged 6- and 10-years, describing abstract shapes, showed evidence of face-to-face interference rather than facilitation. For some communication tasks access to visual signals (such as facial expression and eye gaze) may hinder rather than help children’s communication. In new research we have pursued this 'interference effect'. Five studies are described with adults, 10- and 6-year old participants. It was found that looking at a face interfered with children's abilities to listen to descriptions of abstract shapes. Children also performed visuospatial memory tasks worse when they looked at someone's face prior to responding compared with looking at a visuospatial pattern or at the floor. It was concluded that performance on certain tasks was hindered by monitoring another person's face. It is suggested that processing of visual communication signals shares certain processing resources with other visuospatial information.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: Published in Memory and cognition by Psychonomic Society
Affiliation: Psychology
University of Stirling

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