Cognitive determinants of fixation location during picture viewing

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Abstract

Results of a study with 12 Ss aged 18-30 yrs indicate that observers fixated earlier, more often, and with longer durations on objects that had a low probability of appearing in a scene (e.g., an octopus in a farm scene) than on objects that had a high probability of appearing (e.g., a tractor in a farm scene). Data are based on Ss' reactions to 312 slides and (a) imply a role of cognitive factors in peripheral visual processing and (b) suggest a possible relationship between the nature of information initially acquired from a picture and subsequent recognition memory for that picture. (20 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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