Conférence de Laurence Conty.
For the last 5 decades, eye contact effects have increasingly been attracting interest in the social sciences. Indeed, perceiving a face with a direct gaze (i.e. establishing eye contact) has the power to modulate a concurrent or subsequent cognitive processing or behavior in humans. Despite the accumulation of a large body of evidence, no model exists to date, that offers a unified theory accounting for these effects. Eye contact effects have traditionally, but most often unspecifically, been explained by the high communicative value of eye contact. However, 8 years of research on the topic led me to relate them to an alternative mechanism : the eye contact’s power of self-reflection. In a recent study, my team found that direct gaze induces self-awareness, likely by focusing attentional resources on inner states. In this talk, I will try to demonstrate how this self-reflective power could account for most of the other eye contact effects reported in behavioural, physiological and neuroimaging literature. I will further question the specificity of these effects and their potential applicability for therapeutic purposes.
Un colloquium du DEC.
Laurence Conty enseigne les neurosciences au sein de l'UFR de Psychologie et de l'Institut d'Enseignement à Distance (IED) de l'Université Paris 8. Elle enseigne aussi les neurosciences au Cogmaster de l'Ecole normale supérieure de Paris et est membre principal d'une ERC (European Research Council).Cliquer ICI pour fermer
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