Orienting of attention via observed eye-gaze is head-centred

Bayliss, A. P., di Pellegrino, G. and Tipper, S. P. (2004) Orienting of attention via observed eye-gaze is head-centred. Cognition, 94 1: B1-B10. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2004.05.002

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Author Bayliss, A. P.
di Pellegrino, G.
Tipper, S. P.
Title Orienting of attention via observed eye-gaze is head-centred
Journal name Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-0277
Publication date 2004-11
Year available 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cognition.2004.05.002
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 94
Issue 1
Start page B1
End page B10
Total pages 10
Editor Gerry T. M. Altmann
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Sciences
0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Formatted abstract
Observing averted eye gaze results in the automatic allocation of attention to the gazed-at location. The role of the orientation of the face that produces the gaze cue was investigated. The eyes in the face could look left or right in a head-centred frame, but the face itself could be oriented 90 degrees clockwise or anticlockwise such that the eyes were gazing up or down. Significant cueing effects to targets presented to the left or right of the screen were found in these head orientation conditions. This suggests that attention was directed to the side to which the eyes would have been looking towards, had the face been presented upright. This finding provides evidence that head orientation can affect gaze following, even when the head orientation alone is not a social cue. It also shows that the mechanism responsible for the allocation of attention following a gaze cue can be influenced by intrinsic object-based (i.e. head-centred) properties of the task-irrelevant cue.
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Keyword Object-centred attention
Eye gaze
Eye movements
Visual perception
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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