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Looking to score: the dissociation of goal influence on eye movement and meta-attentional allocation in a complex dynamic natural scene.

Taya, S, Windridge, D and Osman, M (2012) Looking to score: the dissociation of goal influence on eye movement and meta-attentional allocation in a complex dynamic natural scene. PLoS One, 7 (6).

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Abstract

Several studies have reported that task instructions influence eye-movement behavior during static image observation. In contrast, during dynamic scene observation we show that while the specificity of the goal of a task influences observers' beliefs about where they look, the goal does not in turn influence eye-movement patterns. In our study observers watched short video clips of a single tennis match and were asked to make subjective judgments about the allocation of visual attention to the items presented in the clip (e.g., ball, players, court lines, and umpire). However, before attending to the clips, observers were either told to simply watch clips (non-specific goal), or they were told to watch the clips with a view to judging which of the two tennis players was awarded the point (specific goal). The results of subjective reports suggest that observers believed that they allocated their attention more to goal-related items (e.g. court lines) if they performed the goal-specific task. However, we did not find the effect of goal specificity on major eye-movement parameters (i.e., saccadic amplitudes, inter-saccadic intervals, and gaze coherence). We conclude that the specificity of a task goal can alter observer's beliefs about their attention allocation strategy, but such task-driven meta-attentional modulation does not necessarily correlate with eye-movement behavior.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Taya, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Windridge, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Osman, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2012
Identification Number : 10.1371/journal.pone.0039060
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 20 Sep 2013 13:23
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 20:17
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/798106

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