Only your eyes tell me what you like: Exploring the liking effect induced by other's gaze

Ulloa, Jose Luis; Marchetti, Clara; Taffou, Marine; George, Nathalie


Our preferences are sensitive to social influences. For instance, we like more the objects that are looked-at by others than non-looked-at objects. Here, we explored this liking effect, using a modified paradigm of attention cueing by gaze. First, we investigated if the liking effect induced by gaze relied on motoric representations of the target object by testing if the liking effect could be observed for non-manipulable (alphanumeric characters) as well as for manipulable items (common tools). We found a significant liking effect for the alphanumeric items. Second, we tested if another type of powerful social cue could also induce a liking effect. We used an equivalent paradigm but with pointing hands instead of gaze cues. Pointing hands elicited a robust attention-orienting effect, but they did not induce any significant liking effect. This study extends previous findings and reinforces the view of eye gaze as a special cue in human interactions.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000348670700006 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: COGNITION EMOTION
Volumen: 29
Número: 3
Fecha de publicación: 2015
Página de inicio: 460
Página final: 470


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