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The Science of Social Vision$
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Reginald B. Adams, Nalini Ambady, Ken Nakayama, and Shinsuke Shimojo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333176

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333176.001.0001

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Aging Eyes Facing an Emotional World: The Role of Motivated Gaze

Aging Eyes Facing an Emotional World: The Role of Motivated Gaze

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(p.133) Chapter 7 Aging Eyes Facing an Emotional World: The Role of Motivated Gaze
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The Science of Social Vision
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Derek M. Isaacowitz

Nora A. Murphy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333176.003.0008

This chapter proposes that motivation may be one framework for considering how the perceiver and the target of perception can be connected, and that this may be a particularly useful way of understanding how certain types of perceiver-stimulus interactions shift across the adult lifespan. In other words, perceivers may bring motivation with them to the task of perceiving, separate from any goal states specific to the task, and these person-level motivational states appear to influence how visual attention is deployed. The chapter also provides evidence that such motivational influences on vision reflect developmental processes.

Keywords:   gaze, visual attention, motivation, visual perception

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