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Visual attention and action: How cueing, direct mapping, and social interactions drive orienting

Atkinson, MA and Simpson, AA and Cole, GG (2018) 'Visual attention and action: How cueing, direct mapping, and social interactions drive orienting.' Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. ISSN 1069-9384

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Despite considerable interest in both action perception and social attention over the last 2 decades, there has been surprisingly little investigation concerning how the manual actions of other humans orient visual attention. The present review draws together studies that have measured the orienting of attention, following observation of another’s goal-directed action. Our review proposes that, in line with the literature on eye gaze, action is a particularly strong orienting cue for the visual system. However, we additionally suggest that action may orient visual attention using mechanisms, which gaze direction does not (i.e., neural direct mapping and corepresentation). Finally, we review the implications of these gaze-independent mechanisms for the study of attention to action. We suggest that our understanding of attention to action may benefit from being studied in the context of joint action paradigms, where the role of higher level action goals and social factors can be investigated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social cognition, Eye movements and visual attention, Motor control
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2019 12:15

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