Gaze cueing elicited by emotional faces is influenced by affective context

Bayliss, Andrew P., Schuch, Stefanie and Tipper, Steven P. (2010) Gaze cueing elicited by emotional faces is influenced by affective context. Visual Cognition, 18 8: 1214-1232. doi:10.1080/13506285.2010.484657

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Author Bayliss, Andrew P.
Schuch, Stefanie
Tipper, Steven P.
Title Gaze cueing elicited by emotional faces is influenced by affective context
Journal name Visual Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-6285
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13506285.2010.484657
Volume 18
Issue 8
Start page 1214
End page 1232
Total pages 19
Editor John M. Henderson
Place of publication Hove, U.K.
Publisher Psychology Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
When we observe someone shift their gaze to a peripheral event or object, a corresponding shift in our own attention often follows. This social orienting response, joint attention, has been studied in the laboratory using the gaze cueing paradigm. Here, we investigate the combined influence of the emotional content displayed in two critical components of a joint attention episode: The facial expression of the cue face, and the affective nature of the to-be-localized target object. Hence, we presented participants with happy and disgusted faces as cueing stimuli, and neutral (Experiment 1), pleasant and unpleasant (Experiment 2) pictures as target timuli. The findings demonstrate an effect of 'emotional context' confined to participants viewing pleasant pictures. Specifically, gaze cueing was boosted when the emotion of the gazing face (i.e., appy) matched that of the targets (pleasant). Demonstrating modulation by emotional context ighlights the vital flexibility that a successful joint attention system requires in order to assist our navigation of the social world.
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Keyword Attention
Eye gaze
Facial expression
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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