Visual attention and facial identification in human and non-human animals

Guo, Kun (2016) Visual attention and facial identification in human and non-human animals. In: The social neuroscience of human-animal interaction. American Psychological Association, pp. 33-49. ISBN 9781433821769

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One important research topic in social neuroscience and human–animal interaction (HAI) is to understand how facial identification contributes to interspecies understanding. The perception of a face not only provides visual information about an individual’s gender, age, and familiarity but also can communicate significant cues to affective state (e.g., happy), intention (e.g., gaze direction), cognitive activity (e.g., concentration), and temperament (e.g., hostility). The ability to recognize these cues and to respond promptly and appropriately guides effective human social interactions (Bruce & Young, 2012). In this chapter, I mainly use experimental evidence from behavioral and eye-tracking studies to compare the capability of sampling and processing several facial cues (i.e., facial identity, facial expression, and eye gaze) across humans, nonhuman primates, and domestic dogs.

Keywords:Social Neuroscience, Human-animal Interaction, Face Perception, Visual Attention
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:04 Mar 2016 08:35

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