Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Date of Award

Spring 2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Department of Psychology

Advisor(s)

Krisztina Jakobsen, Ph.D.

Jeffery Dyche

Jeffery Andre

Abstract

Previous research suggests that the human face captures attention more quickly than objects. Based on neurophysiological and behavioral studies, we would expect that the human body would also capture attention efficiently. We used a passive viewing adaptation to the visual search paradigm to examine how quickly whole human body, isolated human face, and isolated human body stimuli capture attention across three array sizes (9, 16, 25 stimuli). Our results suggest that the isolated human face captures attention most efficiently in the two smaller arrays, but no more efficiently than the whole human body and isolated human body in the largest array. Thus, it appears that the isolated human face loses its attention capture properties when compared to other evolutionary relevant stimuli in complex environments.

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