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November 1 2012
A pair of eyes in front of us automatically lures our own gaze, even if they belong to an animal. But what about a monster with multiple eyes located not on the head, but on its hands or legs or torso? Where do we first look?
The question is neither straightforward nor silly. Brains are complex things, and so are the faces that eyes are often tucked into.
Dolphins, dogs, monkeys, birds, goats, people and other organisms, for example, are primed to automatically follow the gaze of both familiar and unfamiliar species. But we donít know how this widespread gaze-recognition circuitry works, or what image draws our attention. Is it the eyes themselves, or their typical central location, or the complexities of face, or something else?.
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