ERIC Number: EJ796528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
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Eye Movements during Multiple Object Tracking: Where Do Participants Look?
Fehd, Hilda M.; Seiffert, Adriane E.
Cognition, v108 n1 p201-209 Jul 2008
Similar to the eye movements you might make when viewing a sports game, this experiment investigated where participants tend to look while keeping track of multiple objects. While eye movements were recorded, participants tracked either 1 or 3 of 8 red dots that moved randomly within a square box on a black background. Results indicated that participants fixated closer to targets more often than to distractors. However, on 3-target trials, fixation was closer to the center of the triangle formed by the targets more often than to any individual targets. This center-looking strategy seemed to reflect that people were grouping the targets into a single object rather than simultaneously minimizing all target eccentricities. Here we find that observers deliberately focus their eyes on a location that is different from the objects they are attending, perhaps as a consequence of representing those objects as a group. (Contains 2 figures.)
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