Sensory Systems | Cognitive Neuroscience
Gaze patterns during the observation of emotional bodily movements reveal individual lateral biases
Martin A Giese, Kathrin Festl, Andrea Christensen*
*Corresponding author: Andrea Christensen
Department of Cognitive Neurology, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Tuebingen, Germany
F1000Posters 2012, 3: 749 (poster) [English]
Poster [1.95 MB]
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting 2012, 11 - 16 May 2012, 26.534
Previous work revealed a lateral asymmetry in the production of emotional body language: the left body half shows movements with higher motion energy and amplitude consistent with related observations in faces. The left body side is also perceived to be more expressive, i.e. LL-Chimera are rated to be more expressive than RR-Chimera.These findings support the hypothesis of a right-hemispheric dominance in the control of emotional body expressions. However, it remains unclear whether the lateral bias leads to an attention bias when observing emotional body expressions.
Here, we addressed the question whether the gaze patterns during observation of emotional gait stimuli also reflect lateral asymmetries.
We found three different gaze strategies between participants. Those strategies were consistent over different conditions and seem to reflect a general personal gaze preference.
No relevant competing interests disclosed.
European Research Council (ERC), FP7-ICT-249858 TANGO
European Research Council (ERC), EC -248311 AMARSi
DFG, GI 305/4-1, DFG GZ: KA 1258/15-1,
BMBF, FKZ: 01GQ1002
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