Attentional orienting towards others’ gaze direction or pointing has been well investigated in laboratory conditions. However, less is known about the operation of attentional mechanisms in online naturalistic social interaction scenarios. It is equally plausible that following social directional cues (gaze, pointing) occurs reflexively, and/or that it is influenced by top-down cognitive factors. In a mobile eye-tracking experiment, we show that under natural interaction conditions, overt attentional orienting is not necessarily reflexively triggered by pointing gestures or a combination of gaze shifts and pointing gestures.
This is the topic of a paper now online at the journal Psychological Research published by
Kajopoulos, J., Cheng, G., Kise, K. et al. Focusing on the face or getting distracted by social signals? The effect of distracting gestures on attentional focus in natural interaction. Psychological Research (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-020-01383-4
Read more here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00426-020-01383-4