The politics of attention: Gaze-cuing effects are moderated by political temperament

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

26 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Gaze cues lead to reflexive shifts of attention even when those gaze cues do not predict target location. Although this general effect has been repeatedly demonstrated, not all individuals orient to gaze in an identical manner. For example, the magnitude of gaze-cuing effects have been reduced or eliminated in populations such as those scoring high on the Autism-Spectrum Quotient and in males relative to females (since males exhibit more autismlike traits). In the present study, we examined whether gaze cue effects would be moderated by political temperament, given that those on the political right tend to be more supportive of individualism-and less likely to be influenced by others-than those on the left. We found standard gaze-cuing effects across all subjects but systematic differences in these effects by political temperament. Liberals exhibited a very large gaze-cuing effect, whereas conservatives showed no such effect at various stimulus onset asynchronies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-29
Number of pages6
JournalAttention, Perception, and Psychophysics
Volume73
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Fingerprint

Temperament
Politics
Cues
politics
Autistic Disorder
political right
Population
autism
individualism
stimulus

Keywords

  • Gaze cues
  • Political temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Linguistics and Language

Cite this

The politics of attention : Gaze-cuing effects are moderated by political temperament. / Dodd, Michael D; Hibbing, John R; Smith, Kevin B.

In: Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, Vol. 73, No. 1, 01.01.2011, p. 24-29.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{cef82d548ccc4557921b902b9b6a2be2,
title = "The politics of attention: Gaze-cuing effects are moderated by political temperament",
abstract = "Gaze cues lead to reflexive shifts of attention even when those gaze cues do not predict target location. Although this general effect has been repeatedly demonstrated, not all individuals orient to gaze in an identical manner. For example, the magnitude of gaze-cuing effects have been reduced or eliminated in populations such as those scoring high on the Autism-Spectrum Quotient and in males relative to females (since males exhibit more autismlike traits). In the present study, we examined whether gaze cue effects would be moderated by political temperament, given that those on the political right tend to be more supportive of individualism-and less likely to be influenced by others-than those on the left. We found standard gaze-cuing effects across all subjects but systematic differences in these effects by political temperament. Liberals exhibited a very large gaze-cuing effect, whereas conservatives showed no such effect at various stimulus onset asynchronies.",
keywords = "Gaze cues, Political temperament",
author = "Dodd, {Michael D} and Hibbing, {John R} and Smith, {Kevin B.}",
year = "2011",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.3758/s13414-010-0001-x",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "73",
pages = "24--29",
journal = "Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics",
issn = "1943-3921",
publisher = "Springer New York",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The politics of attention

T2 - Gaze-cuing effects are moderated by political temperament

AU - Dodd, Michael D

AU - Hibbing, John R

AU - Smith, Kevin B.

PY - 2011/1/1

Y1 - 2011/1/1

N2 - Gaze cues lead to reflexive shifts of attention even when those gaze cues do not predict target location. Although this general effect has been repeatedly demonstrated, not all individuals orient to gaze in an identical manner. For example, the magnitude of gaze-cuing effects have been reduced or eliminated in populations such as those scoring high on the Autism-Spectrum Quotient and in males relative to females (since males exhibit more autismlike traits). In the present study, we examined whether gaze cue effects would be moderated by political temperament, given that those on the political right tend to be more supportive of individualism-and less likely to be influenced by others-than those on the left. We found standard gaze-cuing effects across all subjects but systematic differences in these effects by political temperament. Liberals exhibited a very large gaze-cuing effect, whereas conservatives showed no such effect at various stimulus onset asynchronies.

AB - Gaze cues lead to reflexive shifts of attention even when those gaze cues do not predict target location. Although this general effect has been repeatedly demonstrated, not all individuals orient to gaze in an identical manner. For example, the magnitude of gaze-cuing effects have been reduced or eliminated in populations such as those scoring high on the Autism-Spectrum Quotient and in males relative to females (since males exhibit more autismlike traits). In the present study, we examined whether gaze cue effects would be moderated by political temperament, given that those on the political right tend to be more supportive of individualism-and less likely to be influenced by others-than those on the left. We found standard gaze-cuing effects across all subjects but systematic differences in these effects by political temperament. Liberals exhibited a very large gaze-cuing effect, whereas conservatives showed no such effect at various stimulus onset asynchronies.

KW - Gaze cues

KW - Political temperament

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=79951945405&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=79951945405&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.3758/s13414-010-0001-x

DO - 10.3758/s13414-010-0001-x

M3 - Article

C2 - 21258905

AN - SCOPUS:79951945405

VL - 73

SP - 24

EP - 29

JO - Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics

JF - Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics

SN - 1943-3921

IS - 1

ER -