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Eye movement parameters are influenced by cognitive task in viewing of static and dynamic scenes

© 2016 M. A. Shurupova, V. N. Anisimov, L. V. Tereshchenko, A. V. Latanov

Lomonosov Moscow State University, GSP-1, Leninskie Gory, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

Received 20 Sep 2015

We conducted a comparative study of eye movement parameters in humans while viewing static and dynamic scenes in different conditions – free viewing and visual cognitive task. The patterns of visual activity considerably influence the eye movement parameters: in cognitive task performance fixation durations were shorter and saccadic amplitudes were larger when viewing both static and dynamic scenes. Longer fixation durations and larger saccadic amplitudes are observed in viewing dynamic scenes compared to viewing static scenes. Fixation durations vary considerably depending on the task while viewing dynamic scenes and almost do not depend on the task when viewing static scenes. Only the type of the visual scene (static and dynamic) but not the kind of visual activity (free viewing and task performance) determines saccadic amplitudes. The dynamics of eye movement parameters revealed in our study are determined by the balance of two visual modes (ambient and focal) with different types of visual activity.

Key words: eye movements, visual modes, static visual scene, dynamic visual scene, visual task, attention, saccades, fixations

Cite: Shurupova M. A., Anisimov V. N., Tereshchenko L. V., Latanov A. V. Vliyanie kognitivnoi zadachi na parametry dvizhenii glaz pri prosmotre staticheskikh i dinamicheskikh stsen [Eye movement parameters are influenced by cognitive task in viewing of static and dynamic scenes]. Sensornye sistemy [Sensory systems]. 2016. V. 30(1). P. 53-62 (in Russian).


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