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Eye Tracking, Spatial Biases, and Normative Spectatorship in Museums

Tymkiw, Michael and Foulsham, Tom (2020) 'Eye Tracking, Spatial Biases, and Normative Spectatorship in Museums.' Leonardo, 53 (5). pp. 542-546. ISSN 0024-094X

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This study examines the viewing behavior of museum spectators during three eye-tracking experiments, the participants of which included wheelchair and non-chair users. The study pays particular attention to the spatial biases of spectators, such as the tendency to scan artworks left-to-right or top-to-bottom. These spatial biases, the authors suggest, enhance our understanding of “normative spectatorship,” both by demonstrating how normative ideas about spectators’ bodies shape exhibition display practices, and by revealing how display practices contribute to fostering normative viewing behavior.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2019 15:26
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:51

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