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Anchoring gaze when categorizing faces sex: Evidence from eye-tracking data

Line Sæther1* - line.sether@uit.no
Werner Van Belle2 - werner@yellowcouch.org, werner.van.belle@gmail.com
Bruno Laeng3 - bruno.laeng@psykologi.uio.no
Tim Brennen3 - tim.brennen@psykologi.uio.no
Øvervoll Morten1 - morten.overvoll@uit.no

1- Department of Psychology; University of Tromsø; Tromsø; Norway
2- Department for Biosystems Science and Engineering; ETH Zurich; Mattenstrasse 24, Building 1058, Basel; Switzerland
3- Department of Psychology; University of Oslo; Oslo; Norway
* Corresponding author

Abstract :  Previous research has shown that during recognition of frontal views of faces, the preferred landing positions of eye fixations are either on the nose or the eye region. Can these findings generalize to other facial views and a simpler perceptual task? An eye-tracking experiment investigated categorization of the sex of faces seen in four views. The results revealed a strategy, preferred in all views, which consisted of focusing gaze within an infraorbital region of the face. This region was fixated more in the first than in subsequent fixations. Males anchored gaze lower and more centrally than females.

Keywords:  face perception, sex categorization, eye fixation, optimal viewing position, face morphing
Reference:  Line Sæther, Werner Van Belle, Bruno Laeng, Tim Brennen, Øvervoll Morten; Anchoring gaze when categorizing faces sex: Evidence from eye-tracking data; Vision Research; Elsevier; Editor(s) Cristopher W. Tyler; volume 49; nr 23; pages 2870-2880; August 2009
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The software I made to analyze the face images
The morphed and overlaid images

Of course, standard publishing nonsense make it impossible for me to provide you with the content of the manuscript. If I were the main author I would completely reject such copyright statement or violate it happily. In any case, I'm not the main author, and although I did perform large chunks of the analysis I don't feel I should make the decission to violate the copyright on behalf of somebody else.

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