Show simple item record Levy, Julian Foulsham, Tom Kingstone, Alan 2012-11-01T17:43:39Z 2012-11-01T17:43:39Z 2012-10-31
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.4rk06
dc.identifier.citation Levy J, Foulsham T, Kingstone A (2012) Monsters are people too. Biology Letters 9(1): 20120850.
dc.description Animals, including dogs, dolphins, monkeys and man, follow gaze. What mediates this bias towards the eyes? One hypothesis is that primates possess a distinct neural module that is uniquely tuned for the eyes of others. An alternative explanation is that configural face processing drives fixations to the middle of peoples' faces, which is where the eyes happen to be located. We distinguish between these two accounts. Observers were presented with images of people, non-human creatures with eyes in the middle of their faces (`humanoids’) or creatures with eyes positioned elsewhere (`monsters’). There was a profound and significant bias towards looking early and often at the eyes of humans and humanoids and also, critically, at the eyes of monsters. These findings demonstrate that the eyes, and not the middle of the head, are being targeted by the oculomotor system.
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.4rk06/1
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1098/rsbl.2012.0850
dc.relation.isreferencedby PMID:23118434
dc.subject gaze following
dc.subject gaze selection
dc.subject social attention
dc.subject primates
dc.title Data from: Monsters are people too
dc.type Article *
dc.contributor.correspondingAuthor Kingstone, Alan
prism.publicationName Biology Letters

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