Physical self-similarity enhances the gaze-cueing effect

Clara Hungr, Amelia Hunt

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

20 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Important social information can be gathered from the direction of another person's gaze, such as their intentions and aspects of the environment that are relevant to those intentions. Previous work has examined the effect of gaze on attention through the gaze-cueing effect: an enhancement of performance in detecting targets that appear where another person is looking. The present study investigated whether the physical self-similarity of a face could increase its impact on attention. Self-similarity was manipulated by morphing participants' faces with those of strangers. The effect of gaze direction on target detection was strongest for faces morphed with the participant's face. The results support previous work suggesting that self-similar faces are processed differently from dissimilar faces. The data also demonstrate that a face's similarity to one's own face influences the degree to which that face guides our attention in the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1250-1259
Number of pages10
JournalQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Volume65
Issue number7
Early online date6 Jun 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Fingerprint

Direction compound

Keywords

  • gaze cueing
  • self-recognition
  • face processing
  • eye tracking

Cite this

Physical self-similarity enhances the gaze-cueing effect. / Hungr, Clara; Hunt, Amelia.

In: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. 65, No. 7, 2012, p. 1250-1259.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{bea7301dcabe49659721ffeec5bb17d6,
title = "Physical self-similarity enhances the gaze-cueing effect",
abstract = "Important social information can be gathered from the direction of another person's gaze, such as their intentions and aspects of the environment that are relevant to those intentions. Previous work has examined the effect of gaze on attention through the gaze-cueing effect: an enhancement of performance in detecting targets that appear where another person is looking. The present study investigated whether the physical self-similarity of a face could increase its impact on attention. Self-similarity was manipulated by morphing participants' faces with those of strangers. The effect of gaze direction on target detection was strongest for faces morphed with the participant's face. The results support previous work suggesting that self-similar faces are processed differently from dissimilar faces. The data also demonstrate that a face's similarity to one's own face influences the degree to which that face guides our attention in the environment.",
keywords = "gaze cueing, self-recognition, face processing, eye tracking",
author = "Clara Hungr and Amelia Hunt",
year = "2012",
doi = "10.1080/17470218.2012.690769",
language = "English",
volume = "65",
pages = "1250--1259",
journal = "Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology",
issn = "1747-0218",
publisher = "Psychology Press Ltd",
number = "7",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Physical self-similarity enhances the gaze-cueing effect

AU - Hungr, Clara

AU - Hunt, Amelia

PY - 2012

Y1 - 2012

N2 - Important social information can be gathered from the direction of another person's gaze, such as their intentions and aspects of the environment that are relevant to those intentions. Previous work has examined the effect of gaze on attention through the gaze-cueing effect: an enhancement of performance in detecting targets that appear where another person is looking. The present study investigated whether the physical self-similarity of a face could increase its impact on attention. Self-similarity was manipulated by morphing participants' faces with those of strangers. The effect of gaze direction on target detection was strongest for faces morphed with the participant's face. The results support previous work suggesting that self-similar faces are processed differently from dissimilar faces. The data also demonstrate that a face's similarity to one's own face influences the degree to which that face guides our attention in the environment.

AB - Important social information can be gathered from the direction of another person's gaze, such as their intentions and aspects of the environment that are relevant to those intentions. Previous work has examined the effect of gaze on attention through the gaze-cueing effect: an enhancement of performance in detecting targets that appear where another person is looking. The present study investigated whether the physical self-similarity of a face could increase its impact on attention. Self-similarity was manipulated by morphing participants' faces with those of strangers. The effect of gaze direction on target detection was strongest for faces morphed with the participant's face. The results support previous work suggesting that self-similar faces are processed differently from dissimilar faces. The data also demonstrate that a face's similarity to one's own face influences the degree to which that face guides our attention in the environment.

KW - gaze cueing

KW - self-recognition

KW - face processing

KW - eye tracking

U2 - 10.1080/17470218.2012.690769

DO - 10.1080/17470218.2012.690769

M3 - Article

VL - 65

SP - 1250

EP - 1259

JO - Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

JF - Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

SN - 1747-0218

IS - 7

ER -