This research was supported by a graduate research grant from the Behavioural Science Institute to the second and third authors. The authors are grateful to the school administrators, teachers, parents, and students who made this research possible.
Adolescents' Selective Visual Attention for High-Status Peers: The Role of Perceiver Status and Gender
Article first published online: 18 JUL 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Child Development © 2013 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 85, Issue 2, pages 421–428, March/April 2014
How to Cite
Lansu, T. A. M., Cillessen, A. H. N. and Karremans, J. C. (2014), Adolescents' Selective Visual Attention for High-Status Peers: The Role of Perceiver Status and Gender. Child Development, 85: 421–428. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12139
- Issue published online: 17 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 18 JUL 2013
- Behavioural Science Institute
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.