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    Embodying an invisible face shrinks the cone of gaze

    D'Angelo, M. and Tucciarelli, R. and Maister, L. and Frassinetti, F. and Longo, Matthew R. (2021) Embodying an invisible face shrinks the cone of gaze. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 150 (6), pp. 1132-1146. ISSN 0096-3445.

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    The possibility of being invisible has long fascinating people. Recent research showed that multisensory illusions can induce experiences of bodily invisibility, allowing the psychological consequences of invisibility to be explored. Here, we demonstrate an illusion of embodying an invisible face. Participants received touches on their face and simultaneously saw a paintbrush moving synchronously in empty space and defining the shape of an invisible face. We show that such invisible enfacement induces a sense of ownership using both explicit questionnaire measures (Experiment 1) and implicit physiological measures (Experiment 2). We further demonstrated that embodying an invisible face shrinks the width of the cone of gaze, i.e. the range of eye deviations people judge as directed towards themselves (Experiment 3 and 4). These results suggest that the experience of invisibility affects the way in which we process the attention of others toward the self, starting from the perception of gaze direction.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: ©American Psychological Association 2020. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at the DOI cited above.
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 16:31
    Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 00:58


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