Can beauty be ignored? Effects of facial attractiveness on covert attention

Jie Sui, Chang Hong Liu

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Abstract

Facial beauty has important social and biological implications. Research has shown that people tend to look longer at attractive than at unattractive faces. However, little is known about whether an attractive face presented outside foveal vision can capture attention. The effect of facial attractiveness on covert attention was investigated in a spatial cuing task. Participants were asked to judge the orientation of a cued target presented to the left or right visual field while ignoring a task-irrelevant face image flashed in the opposite field. The presentation of attractive faces significantly lengthened task performance. The results suggest that facial beauty automatically competes with an ongoing cognitive task for spatial attention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-281
Number of pages6
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin & Review
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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