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Real person interaction in visual attention research.

Cole, Geoff G.; Skarratt, Paul A. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2016. Real person interaction in visual attention research. European Psychologist, 21(2), pp. 141-149. ISSN 1016-9040 [Article]

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An important development in cognitive psychology in the past decade has been the examination of visual attention during real social interaction. This contrasts traditional laboratory studies of attention, including “social attention,” in which observers perform tasks alone. In this review, we show that although the lone-observer method has been central to attention research, real person interaction paradigms have not only uncovered the processes that occur during “joint attention,” but have also revealed attentional processes previously thought not to occur. Furthermore, the examination of some visual attention processes almost invariably requires the use of real person paradigms. While we do not argue for an increase in “ecological validity” for its own sake, we do suggest that research using real person interaction has greatly benefited the development of visual attention theories.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1027/1016-9040/a000243

Keywords:

visual attention, ecological validity, social attention, real person interaction

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
10 July 2015Accepted
27 May 2016Published

Item ID:

14622

Date Deposited:

06 Nov 2015 12:44

Last Modified:

16 Mar 2018 16:14

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/14622

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