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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (2) : 211-219     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.00211
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The Role of Head Orientation in Social Attention Shift
LU Shang;LIU Ye;FU Xiaolan
State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100101, China
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Abstract  Eye gaze is a very important social attention cue. However, in everyday life, eye gaze is accompanied by head orientation, which contains spatial orientation information, too. Previous studies found that head orientation affects the speed and accuracy of perception of gaze direction. Head orientation affords a frame of reference to eye gaze direction, and affects social attention triggered by eye gaze direction. The neural systems related to head orientation and eye gaze direction are broadly overlapped. As a result, head orientation might be an important factor to construct and develop the social attention system based on Theory of Mind, besides eye gaze. Future research should focus on the mechanisms of the interaction between head orientation and eye gaze direction on social attention shift, and should explore the neural mechanisms of social attention shift from functional integration approach.
Keywords head orientation      gaze direction      social attention      Theory of Mind     
Corresponding Authors: LIU Ye   
Issue Date: 15 February 2013
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LU Shang,LIU Ye,FU Xiaolan. The Role of Head Orientation in Social Attention Shift[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(2): 211-219.
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