The long and the short of it: spatial statistics at fixation vary with saccade amplitude and task

Benjamin W. Tatler, Roland J. Baddeley, Benjamin T. Vincent

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    Abstract

    We recorded over 90,000 saccades while observers viewed a diverse collection of natural images and measured low level visual features at fixation. The features that discriminated between where observers fixated and where they did not varied considerably with task, and the length of the preceding saccade. Short saccades (<8°) are image feature dependent, long are less so. For free viewing, short saccades target high frequency information, long saccades are scale-invariant. When searching for luminance targets, saccades of all lengths are scale-invariant. We argue that models of saccade behaviour must account not only for task but also for saccade length and that long and short saccades are targeted differently.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1857-1862
    Number of pages6
    JournalVision Research
    Volume46
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

    Keywords

    • Salience
    • Image features
    • Natural images
    • Saccade amplitude
    • Task
    • Eye movement

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