Scene and screen center bias early eye movements in scene viewing

Bindemann, Markus (2010) Scene and screen center bias early eye movements in scene viewing. Vision Research, 50 (23). pp. 2577-2587. ISSN 0042-6989. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In laboratory studies of visual perception, images of natural scenes are routinely presented on a computer screen. Under these conditions, observers look at the center of scenes first, which might reflect an advan- tageous viewing position for extracting visual information. This study examined an alternative possibil- ity, namely that initial eye movements are drawn towards the center of the screen. Observers searched visual scenes in a person detection task, while the scenes were aligned with the screen center or offset horizontally (Experiment 1). Two central viewing effects were observed, reflecting early visual biases to the scene and the screen center. The scene effect was modified by person content but is not specific to person detection tasks, while the screen bias cannot be explained by the low-level salience of a com- puter display (Experiment 2). These findings support the notion of a central viewing tendency in scene analysis, but also demonstrate a bias to the screen center that forms a potential artifact in visual percep- tion experiments.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Markus Bindemann
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2011 17:50
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2011 15:15
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