June 2006
Volume 6, Issue 6
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Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   June 2006
Attentional processes involved in facial attention capture
Author Affiliations
  • Karen Borrmann
    Department of Psychology, McGill University
  • Nadine Furtado
    Department of Psychology, McGill University
  • Avi Chaudhuri
    Department of Psychology, McGill University
Journal of Vision June 2006, Vol.6, 284. doi:10.1167/6.6.284
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      Karen Borrmann, Nadine Furtado, Avi Chaudhuri; Attentional processes involved in facial attention capture. Journal of Vision 2006;6(6):284. doi: 10.1167/6.6.284.

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Abstract

Faces have been shown to hold an attentional advantage over non-face objects under certain conditions, and have even been demonstrated to overcome a number of situations associated with inattention. These phenomena are generally explained by way of an ability of facial stimuli to capture attention. We present evidence that sheds light on the type of attentional processes involved when task-irrelevant face stimuli influence the allocation of attention between simultaneously presented stimuli. Using an attentional cueing paradigm, we found that task-irrelevant face stimuli, but not simultaneously presented task-irrelevant object stimuli, act as exogenous cues for attention. However, this face advantage disappears when the competing, task-irrelevant cues are presented without reaching awareness, suggesting that attention is explicitly, not implicitly, guided to face stimuli.

Borrmann, K. Furtado, N. Chaudhuri, A. (2006). Attentional processes involved in facial attention capture [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 6(6):284, 284a, http://journalofvision.org/6/6/284/, doi:10.1167/6.6.284. [CrossRef]
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