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ERIC Number: EJ825149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Eye Movements when Looking at Unusual/Weird Scenes: Are There Cultural Differences?
Rayner, Keith; Castelhano, Monica S.; Yang, Jinmian
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v35 n1 p254-259 Jan 2009
Recent studies have suggested that eye movement patterns while viewing scenes differ for people from different cultural backgrounds and that these differences in how scenes are viewed are due to differences in the prioritization of information (background or foreground). The current study examined whether there are cultural differences in how quickly eye movements are drawn to highly unusual aspects of a scene. American and Chinese viewers examined photographic scenes while performing a preference rating task. For each scene, participants were presented with either a normal or an unusual/weird version. Even though there were differences between the normal and weird versions of the scenes, there was no evidence of any cultural differences while viewing either scene type. The present study, along with other recent reports, raises doubts about the notion that cultural differences can influence oculomotor control in scene perception.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States