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Reading Without Words: Eye Movements in the Comprehension of Comic Strips

Foulsham, T and Wybrow, D and Cohn, N (2016) 'Reading Without Words: Eye Movements in the Comprehension of Comic Strips.' Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30 (4). 566 - 579. ISSN 0888-4080

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Abstract

Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. The study of attention in pictures is mostly limited to individual images. When we ‘read’ a visual narrative (e.g., a comic strip), the pictures have a coherent sequence, but it is not known how this affects attention. In two experiments, we eyetracked participants in order to investigate how disrupting the visual sequence of a comic strip would affect attention. Both when panels were presented one at a time (Experiment 1) and when a sequence was presented all together (Experiment 2), pictures were understood more quickly and with fewer fixations when in their original order. When order was randomised, the same pictures required more attention and additional ‘regressions’. Fixation distributions also differed when the narrative was intact, showing that context affects where we look. This reveals the role of top-down structures when we attend to pictorial information, as well as providing a springboard for applied research into attention within image sequences.Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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: 19 Apr 2016 09:01
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16471

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