The N170 event-related potential differentiates congruent and incongruent gaze responses in gaze leading

Stephenson, Lisa, Edwards, S. Gareth, Luri, Natacha, Renoult, Louis ORCID: and Bayliss, Andrew ORCID: (2020) The N170 event-related potential differentiates congruent and incongruent gaze responses in gaze leading. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 15 (4). 479–486. ISSN 1749-5016

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To facilitate social interactions, humans need to process the responses that other people make to their actions, including eye movements that could establish joint attention. Here, we investigated the neurophysiological correlates of the processing of observed gaze responses following the participants’ own eye movement. These observed gaze responses could either establish, or fail to establish, joint attention. We implemented a gaze leading paradigm in which participants made a saccade from an on-screen face to an object, followed by the on-screen face either making a congruent or incongruent gaze shift. An N170 event-related potential was elicited by the peripherally located gaze shift stimulus. Critically, the N170 was greater for joint attention than non-joint gaze both when task-irrelevant (Experiment 1) and task-relevant (Experiment 2). These data suggest for the first time that the neurocognitive system responsible for structural encoding of face stimuli is affected by the establishment of participant-initiated joint attention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: n170,event-related potential,gaze leading,joint attention,experimental and cognitive psychology,cognitive neuroscience ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3205
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Social Cognition Research Group
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Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2020 00:52
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2023 00:29
DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsaa054


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