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    Do the upright eyes have it?

    Senju, Atsushi and Hasegawa, T. (2006) Do the upright eyes have it? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 13 (2), pp. 223-228. ISSN 1069-9384.

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    Eye contact is crucial for social communication. A perceived direct gaze facilitates detection, whereas face inversion diminishes this facilitative effect (Senju, Hasegawa, & Tojo, 2005). In the present study, we adopted a visual search paradigm to investigate why a direct gaze facilitates detection in an upright face, but not in an upside-down face. Upright eyes were found to facilitate detection even when other parts of the face were inverted or absent, whereas inverted eyes had no effect on search performance. A critical role for the morphological information of upright eyes, which can be distorted by “eye inversion,” in direct gaze processing is suggested.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2020 09:49
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:57


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