Motivated Gaze

@article{Isaacowitz2006MotivatedG,
  title={Motivated Gaze},
  author={D. Isaacowitz},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={15},
  pages={68 - 72}
}
  • D. Isaacowitz
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
How does gaze relate to psychological properties of the gazer? Studies using eye tracking reveal robust group differences in gaze toward emotional information: Optimists gaze less at negative, unpleasant images than do pessimists, and older individuals look away from negative faces and toward happy faces. These group differences appear to reflect an underlying motivation to achieve and maintain good moods by directing attention to mood-facilitating stimuli. Maintaining a positive mood is only… Expand

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