Reference : You do not find your own face faster; you just look at it longer
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Theoretical & cognitive psychology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/4884
You do not find your own face faster; you just look at it longer
English
Devue, Christel mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences cognitives > Psychologie cognitive >]
Van der Stigchel, Stefan [ > > ]
Brédart, Serge mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences cognitives > Psychologie cognitive - Doyen de la Faculté de Psychologie et des sc. de l'éducation >]
Theeuwes, Jan [ > > ]
Apr-2009
Cognition
Elsevier
111
1
114-122
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0010-0277
Amsterdam
The Netherlands
[en] Allocation of attention ; eye movement ; familiar faces ; self-face ; visual search ; visual attention
[en] Previous studies investigating the ability of high priority stimuli to grab attention reached
contradictory outcomes. The present study used eye tracking to examine the effect of the
presence of the self-face among other faces in a visual search task in which the face identity
was task-irrelevant. We assessed whether the self-face (1) received prioritized selection (2)
caused a difficulty to disengage attention, and (3) whether its status as target or distractor had
a differential effect. We included another highly familiar face to control whether possible
effects were self-face specific or could be explained by high familiarity. We found that the
self-face interfered with the search task. This was not due to a prioritized processing but
rather to a difficulty to disengage attention. Crucially, this effect seemed due to the self-face’s
familiarity, as similar results were obtained with the other familiar face, and was modulated
by the status of the face since it was stronger for targets than for distractors.
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - FNRS; NWO (Netherlands organization for Scientific Research)
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/4884
10.1016/j.cognition.2009.01.003

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