ERIC Number: EJ1027447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Adolescents' Selective Visual Attention for High-Status Peers: The Role of Perceiver Status and Gender
Lansu, Tessa A. M.; Cillessen, Antonius H. N.; Karremans, Johan C.
Child Development, v85 n2 p421-428 Mar-Apr 2014
Previous research has shown that adolescents' attention for a peer is determined by the peer's status. This study examined how it is also determined by the status of the perceiving adolescent, and the gender of both parties involved (perceiver and perceived). Participants were 122 early adolescents (M age = 11.0 years) who completed sociometric measures and eye-tracking recordings of visual fixations at pictures of high-status (popular) and low-status (unpopular) classmates. Automatic attention (first-gaze preference) and controlled attention (total gaze time) were measured. Target popularity was associated with both measures of attention. These associations were further moderated by perceiver popularity and perceiver and target gender. Popular adolescents attracted attention especially from other popular adolescents. Popular boys attracted attention especially from girls.
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Eye Movements, Social Status, Early Adolescents, Preadolescents, Sociometric Techniques, Pictorial Stimuli, Attention, Gender Differences
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