Gaze and arrow induce different effects on attentional orienting as a function of target context

Abstract

This study aimed to evaluate whether the magnitude of attentional cueing can be modulated by the context in which the target appears. Both an arrow or a directional eye-gaze were used as non-informative cues. Targets, i.e. red patches – were presented over faces or boxes, that rapresented the peripheral placeholders. A larger cueing effect was found when targets appeared on faces rather than on standard placeholder boxes. This effect was found only when a directional eye-gaze was used as non-informative cue; arrow cues did not show effects. These results suggest that gaze properties could have a social special status in orienting attention.


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