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THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL FAMILIARITY
Socioemotional selectivity theory predicts that older adults will show increased gaze following for people they know compared to strangers. However, for younger participants this effect would be much smaller. Usually in gaze following experiments participants only see pictures of strangers, generated from standardised databases. Therefore, for this experiment we would need to create images of people that the participants know and interact with regularly that we could then present to them during the experiment.
Generating stimuli in this way bears a number of issues, and so a number of additional measures will need to be included. For example, a measure of the length of time that the participant has known the person in the generated images. We would then be able to compare length of friendship (as a measure of familiarity) with any effect created in the gaze following task.
Ideally, we would like to recruit pairs of participants of the same sex/gender who have been friends for some time. We would then be able to take photos of both people and allow each to take part in the experiment. This way we avoid having to use photos of family members or friends who are not taking part and who may not be able to give consent for their photos to be used.
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