Global Saccadic Eye Movements Characterise Artists’ Visual Attention While Drawing

Park, Suhyun; Williams, Louis and Chamberlain, Rebecca. 2021. Global Saccadic Eye Movements Characterise Artists’ Visual Attention While Drawing. Empirical Studies of the Arts, ISSN 0276-2374 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

Previous research has shown that artists employ flexible attentional strategies during offline perceptual tasks (Chamberlain et al., 2018; Chamberlain & Wagemans, 2015). The current study explored visual processing online, by tracking the eye movements of artists and non-artists (n=65) while they produced representational drawings of photographic stimuli. The findings revealed that it is possible to differentiate artists from non-artists on the basis of the relative amount of global-to-local saccadic eye movements they make when looking at the target stimulus while drawing, but not in a preparatory free viewing phase. Results indicated that these differences in eye movements are not specifically related to representational drawing ability, and may be a feature of artistic ability more broadly. This eye movement analysis technique may be used in future research to characterise the dynamics of attentional shifts in eye movements while artists are carrying out a range of artistic tasks.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/02762374211001811

Keywords:

artistic expertise, visual attention, local and global processing, perceptual flexibility, drawing ability

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
26 January 2021Accepted
25 March 2021Published Online

Item ID:

29676

Date Deposited:

29 Jan 2021 15:04

Last Modified:

12 Jun 2021 07:37

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/29676

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