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Visual cognition during real social interaction

Skarratt, Paul; Cole, Geoff G.; Kuhn, Gustav


Geoff G. Cole

Gustav Kuhn


Laboratory studies of social visual cognition often simulate the critical aspects of joint attention by having participants interact with a computer-generated avatar. Recently, there has been a movement toward examining these processes during authentic social interaction. In this review, we will focus on attention to faces, attentional misdirection, and a phenomenon we have termed social inhibition of return (Social IOR), that have revealed aspects of social cognition that were hitherto unknown. We attribute these discoveries to the use of paradigms that allow for more realistic social interactions to take place. We also point to an area that has begun to attract a considerable amount of interest—that of Theory of Mind (ToM) and automatic perspective taking—and suggest that this too might benefit from adopting a similar approach.


Skarratt, P., Cole, G. G., & Kuhn, G. (2012). Visual cognition during real social interaction. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 6, 42979.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 29, 2012
Online Publication Date Jun 29, 2012
Publication Date Jun 29, 2012
Print ISSN 1662-5161
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Pages 42979
Keywords Biological Psychiatry; Behavioral Neuroscience; Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology; Neurology; Psychiatry and Mental health
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