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Eye-gaze and arrow cues influence elementary sound perception

By Jeremy I. Borjon, Stephen V. Shepherd, Alexander Todorov and Asif A. Ghazanfar


We report a novel effect in which the visual perception of eye-gaze and arrow cues change the way we perceive sound. In our experiments, subjects first saw an arrow or gazing face, and then heard a brief sound originating from one of six locations. Perceived sound origins were shifted in the direction indicated by the arrows or eye-gaze. This perceptual shift was equivalent for both arrows and gazing faces and was unaffected by facial expression, consistent with a generic, supramodal attentional influence by exogenous cues

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