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Joint perception: gaze and social context

Richardson, DC; Street, CNH; Tan, JYM; Kirkham, NZ; Hoover, MA; Ghane Cavanaugh, A; (2012) Joint perception: gaze and social context. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience , 6 , Article 194. 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00194. Green open access

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Abstract

We found that the way people looked at images was influenced by their belief that others were looking too. If participants believed that an unseen other person was also looking at what they could see, it shifted the balance of their gaze between negative and positive images. The direction of this shift depended upon whether participants thought that later they would be compared against the other person or would be collaborating with them. Changes in the social context influenced both gaze and memory processes, and were not due just to participants' belief that they are looking at the same images, but also to the belief that they are doing the same task. We believe that the phenomenon of joint perception reveals the pervasive and subtle effect of social context upon cognitive and perceptual processes.

Type: Article
Title: Joint perception: gaze and social context
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00194
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00194
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright: © 2012 Richardson, Street, Tan, Kirkham, Hoover and Ghane Cavanaugh. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in other forums, provided the original authors and source are credited.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1354073
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