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dc.titleUnconscious processing of facial attractiveness: Invisible attractive faces orient visual attention
dc.contributor.authorHung, S.-M
dc.contributor.authorNieh, C.-H
dc.contributor.authorHsieh, P.-J
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-09T01:23:57Z
dc.date.available2020-09-09T01:23:57Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationHung, S.-M, Nieh, C.-H, Hsieh, P.-J (2016). Unconscious processing of facial attractiveness: Invisible attractive faces orient visual attention. Scientific Reports 6 : 37117. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep37117
dc.identifier.issn20452322
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/174916
dc.description.abstractPast research has proven human's extraordinary ability to extract information from a face in the blink of an eye, including its emotion, gaze direction, and attractiveness. However, it remains elusive whether facial attractiveness can be processed and influences our behaviors in the complete absence of conscious awareness. Here we demonstrate unconscious processing of facial attractiveness with three distinct approaches. In Experiment 1, the time taken for faces to break interocular suppression was measured. The results showed that attractive faces enjoyed the privilege of breaking suppression and reaching consciousness earlier. In Experiment 2, we further showed that attractive faces had lower visibility thresholds, again suggesting that facial attractiveness could be processed more easily to reach consciousness. Crucially, in Experiment 3, a significant decrease of accuracy on an orientation discrimination task subsequent to an invisible attractive face showed that attractive faces, albeit suppressed and invisible, still exerted an effect by orienting attention. Taken together, for the first time, we show that facial attractiveness can be processed in the complete absence of consciousness, and an unconscious attractive face is still capable of directing our attention. © The Author(s) 2016.
dc.publisherNature Publishing Group
dc.sourceUnpaywall 20200831
dc.subjectconsciousness
dc.subjectego development
dc.subjectface
dc.subjecthuman
dc.subjectvisibility
dc.subjectvisual attention
dc.subjectadolescent
dc.subjectadult
dc.subjectattention
dc.subjectawareness
dc.subjectclinical trial
dc.subjectfemale
dc.subjectmale
dc.subjectphysiology
dc.subjectvision
dc.subjectAdolescent
dc.subjectAdult
dc.subjectAttention
dc.subjectAwareness
dc.subjectFace
dc.subjectFemale
dc.subjectHumans
dc.subjectMale
dc.subjectVisual Perception
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentDUKE-NUS MEDICAL SCHOOL
dc.description.doi10.1038/srep37117
dc.description.sourcetitleScientific Reports
dc.description.volume6
dc.description.page37117
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