A recent paper by Tim Hodgson, Frouke Hermens and other colleagues reports that the attention of pre-school and early school age children is strongly influenced by the direction of a pointing finger – but other visual directional cues such as arrows or pictures of peeking eyes are often ineffective. This paper is based on data collected at one of our annual Summer Scientist events.
Gregory, Nicola Jean and Hermens, Frouke and Facey, Rebecca and Hodgson, Timothy (2016) The developmental trajectory of attentional orienting to socio-biological cues. Experimental Brain Research . ISSN 0014-4819
The full paper can be requested here.