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SOCIAL CUEING ELICITS A DISTINCT FORM OF VISUAL SPATIAL ORIENTING

Adrienne H. Rombough, Jennifer N. Barrie and Grace Iarocci

in Cognitive Neuroscience, Development, and Psychopathology

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195315455
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979066 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315455.003.0009
SOCIAL CUEING ELICITS A DISTINCT FORM OF VISUAL SPATIAL ORIENTING

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Orienting attention in the direction of another person's gaze, head turn, or finger point may represent a unique behavior that is distinct from traditionally identified types of orienting (i.e., exogenous and endogenous). This chapter explores the question of whether the attention orienting response to social cues is unique by reviewing cognitive/behavioral findings. The chapter proposes that current taxonomies do not adequately capture the construct of social orienting and present an adapted framework that is more elaborate in classifying both the degree to which orienting is consciously controlled and the extent to which learning and experience play a role in the acquisition of the social orienting response. The chapter then reviews neuro-imaging and developmental findings (including specific examples of atypical development; autism and schizophrenia) in order to ascertain whether the proposed framework is supported by findings from these research disciplines.

Keywords: orienting; attention; social orienting; atypical development; autism; schizophrenia

Chapter.  13271 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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