This chapter presents some empirical data to support this contention that gaze modulates face processing. It reviews research that indicates that sensitivity to gaze is an early emerging capacity. The child's vision meets the criterion for being effectively blind, and yet this limited visual ability is sufficient for processing gaze in static faces. Attentional cueing by perceived gaze shifts in young infants raises an interesting question. The effects were upheld, indicating that it was gaze which determined the attentional cueing rather than the representativeness of faces with direct gaze. One potential problem for these recognition studies is the conclusion that better memory for faces with direct gaze reflects the attentional benefits of direct gaze. Both 6-year-olds and adults correctly recognized more faces with direct gaze in the first condition. Parents of blind children can experience rejection in the absence of social smiling.
|Title of host publication||Gaze-Following|
|Subtitle of host publication||Its Development and Significance|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2017|
- Cognitive Science