Looking ahead: Anticipatory cueing of attention to objects others will look at

Joyce, Katherine and Schenke, Kimberley C and Bayliss, Andrew and Bach, Patric (2015) Looking ahead: Anticipatory cueing of attention to objects others will look at. Cognitive Neuroscience, 7 (1-4). pp. 74-81. ISSN 1758-8928

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Abstract

Seeing a face gaze at an object elicits rapid attention shifts toward the same object. We tested whether gaze cueing is predictive: do people shift their attention toward objects others are merely expected to look at? Participants categorized objects while a face either looked at this object, at another object, or straight ahead. Unbeknownst to participants, one face would only look at drinks and the other at foods. We tested whether attention was drawn toward objects “favored” by a face even when currently looking straight ahead. Indeed, while gaze expectations initially had a disruptive effect, participants did shift attention to the faces’ favored objects once learning had been established, as long as emotional expressions had indicated personal relevance of the object to the individual. These data support predictive models of social perception, which assume that predictions can drive perception and action, as if these stimuli were directly perceived.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gaze cueing; Joint attention; Predictive coding; Prediction; attention.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Psychological Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Kim Schenke
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 13:04
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 05:30
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4159

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