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Interpreting thoughts from your gaze. What children and apes read into the direction of gaze. Why look at the eyes? Why not look at feet or mouth?. Butterworth: By 18 months, infants are highly proficient in tracking their mother ’ s direction of gaze.

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Interpreting thoughts from your gaze

What children and apes read into the direction of gaze


Why look at the eyes? Why not look at feet or mouth?

  • Butterworth: By 18 months, infants are highly proficient in tracking their mother’s direction of gaze.


Lobmaier et al (2006)Experimental Psychology


It’s a wug

It’s a geewokker!

What are the benefits of being able to track gaze direction?

  • 1. Social referencing. Source et al. (1985)

  • 2. Language development: Baldwin (1994)

  • 3. Understanding the mind behind the utterance: Robinson & Mitchell (1992)


Can chimps follow gaze?Povinelli & Eddy (1996)


Can children with autism interpret gaze?

  • Baron-Cohen: The Eye Direction Detector as a brain module that effectively is the seat of our understanding of the mind.


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