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Can gaze-contingent mirror-feedback from unfamiliar faces alter self-recognition?

Estudillo, Alejandro J., Bindemann, Markus (2017) Can gaze-contingent mirror-feedback from unfamiliar faces alter self-recognition? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70 (5). pp. 944-958. ISSN 1747-0218. (doi:10.1080/17470218.2016.1166253)

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Abstract

This study focuses on learning of the self, by examining how human observers update internal representations of their own face. For this purpose, we present a novel gaze-contingent paradigm, in which an onscreen face either mimics observers’ own eye-gaze behaviour (in the congruent condition), moves its eyes in different directions to that of the observers (incongruent condition), or remains static and unresponsive (neutral condition). Across three experiments, the mimicry of the onscreen face did not affect observers’ perceptual self-representations. However, this paradigm influenced observers’ reports of their own face. This effect was such that observers felt the onscreen face to be their own and that, if the onscreen gaze had moved on its own accord, observers expected their own eyes to move too. The theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1166253
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: Markus Bindemann
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 14:05 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55815 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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