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Paper: Monsters are people too

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  • Robert Karl Stonjek
    Monsters are people too J. Levy1, T. Foulsham2 and A. Kingstone3 1Lord Byng Secondary School, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 2University of Essex, UK
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      Monsters are people too
      J. Levy1, T. Foulsham2 and A. Kingstone3

      1Lord Byng Secondary School, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
      2University of Essex, UK
      3University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

      e-mail: alan.kingstone@...
      Abstract
      Animals, including dogs, dolphins, monkeys and man, follow gaze. What mediates this bias towards the eyes? One hypothesis is that primates possess a distinct neural module that is uniquely tuned for the eyes of others. An alternative explanation is that configural face processing drives fixations to the middle of peoples' faces, which is where the eyes happen to be located. We distinguish between these two accounts. Observers were presented with images of people, non-human creatures with eyes in the middle of their faces (`humanoids') or creatures with eyes positioned elsewhere (`monsters'). There was a profound and significant bias towards looking early and often at the eyes of humans and humanoids and also, critically, at the eyes of monsters. These findings demonstrate that the eyes, and not the middle of the head, are being targeted by the oculomotor system.

      Source: The Royal Society [open Access Paper]
      http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2012/10/25/rsbl.2012.0850.abstract

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