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Turning the world around: Patterns in saccade direction vary with picture orientation

Foulsham, T and Kingstone, A and Underwood, G (2008) 'Turning the world around: Patterns in saccade direction vary with picture orientation.' Vision Research, 48 (17). 1777 - 1790. ISSN 0042-6989

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The eye movements made by viewers of natural images often feature a predominance of horizontal saccades. Can this behaviour be explained by the distribution of saliency around the horizon, low-level oculomotor factors, top-down control or laboratory artefacts? Two experiments explored this bias by recording saccades whilst subjects viewed photographs rotated to varying extents, but within a constant square frame. The findings show that the dominant saccade direction follows the orientation of the scene, though this pattern varies in interiors and during recognition of previously seen pictures. This demonstrates that a horizon bias is robust and affected by both the distribution of features and more global representations of the scene layout. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2011 14:04
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 14:15

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