Fixation instruction influences gaze cueing

Hermens, Frouke (2015) Fixation instruction influences gaze cueing. In: EPS meeting Leeds, 8-10 April 2015, Leeds.

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Abstract

Studies have shown that perceiving another person’s gaze shift facilitates responses in the direction of the cue. While it is often assumed that participants in these experiments maintain fixation on the cue during the cueing interval, eye gaze is not always recorded to confirm this. Here, we present data suggesting that control of fixation is important. Eye movements of three groups of participants were recorded while they responded to peripheral targets in the presence of a gaze cue in the centre of the screen. Two groups of participants were instructed to maintain fixation on the cue
during the cueing interval and to respond either by making an eye movement to the target or by pressing the corresponding button. A third group was not given a fixation instruction, but instead was free to look around while manually responding to the targets. Participants whose fixation was controlled showed cueing effects that reduced with the interval between cue and target onset. The third group showed positive cueing effects at the shorter interval and negative cueing effects at the longer interval. Further analysis suggests that cueing depends on where participants look at target onset and during the cueing interval.

Keywords:eye movements, social attention
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:17865
Deposited On:15 Jul 2015 09:28

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