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* Corresponding author 1 CHART - Cognitions Humaine et ARTificielle 2 ICM - Institut du Cerveau et de la Moëlle Epinière = Brain and Spine Institute 3 MEG-EEG - Le Centre de Magnétoencéphalographie et d-Electroencéphalographie CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière

Abstract : It has recently been demonstrated that eye contact influences bodily self-awareness. Here, we investigated if the belief of being the target of another person’s attention may also induce such influence. We created videos of an individual wearing two different pairs of sunglasses. We manipulated the participants to believe that they were in on-line connection with the individual and that one of the pairs of sunglasses was obstructed so that the individual could not see them through it. We demonstrated that the perception of an individual wearing see-through sunglasses, as compared to obstructed sunglasses or a low-level baseline condition, led to a greater correlation between the participants’ rating of the intensity of their bodily reactions and their skin conductance response to emotional pictures. This shows that the belief to be watched by another social agent increases bodily self-awareness and further suggests that such belief is embedded in direct gaze perception.

Keywords : Eye contact Mental state Interoception Bodily self-awareness Skin conductance response

Author: Nesrine Hazem - Nathalie George - Matias Baltazar - Laurence Conty -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/


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