Gaze-following behaviour is considered crucial for social interactions which are influenced by social similarity. We investigated whether the degree of similarity, as indicated by the perceived age of another person, can modulate gaze following. Participants of three different age-groups (18-25; 35-45; over 65) performed an eye movement (a saccade) towards an instructed target while ignoring the gaze-shift of distracters of different age-ranges (6-10; 18-25; 35-45; over 70). The results show that gaze following was modulated by the distracter face age only for young adults. Particularly, the over 70 year-old distracters exerted the least interference effect. The distracters of a similar age-range as the young adults (18-25; 35-45) had the most effect, indicating a blurred own-age bias (OAB) only for the young age group. These findings suggest that face age can modulate gaze following, but this modulation could be due to factors other than just OAB (e.g., familiarity).

Ciardo, F., Marino, B., Rossetti, A., Actis-Grosso, R., & Ricciardelli, P. (2014). Face age modulates gaze following in young adults. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 4 [10.1038/srep04746].

Face age modulates gaze following in young adults

Marino, Barbara;Rossetti, A;Actis-Grosso, Rossana;Ricciardelli, Paola
2014

Abstract

Gaze-following behaviour is considered crucial for social interactions which are influenced by social similarity. We investigated whether the degree of similarity, as indicated by the perceived age of another person, can modulate gaze following. Participants of three different age-groups (18-25; 35-45; over 65) performed an eye movement (a saccade) towards an instructed target while ignoring the gaze-shift of distracters of different age-ranges (6-10; 18-25; 35-45; over 70). The results show that gaze following was modulated by the distracter face age only for young adults. Particularly, the over 70 year-old distracters exerted the least interference effect. The distracters of a similar age-range as the young adults (18-25; 35-45) had the most effect, indicating a blurred own-age bias (OAB) only for the young age group. These findings suggest that face age can modulate gaze following, but this modulation could be due to factors other than just OAB (e.g., familiarity).
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Social Attention; Gaze Following; Face Age; Similarity; Face Processing
English
Ciardo, F., Marino, B., Rossetti, A., Actis-Grosso, R., & Ricciardelli, P. (2014). Face age modulates gaze following in young adults. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 4 [10.1038/srep04746].
Ciardo, F; Marino, B; Rossetti, A; Actis-Grosso, R; Ricciardelli, P
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