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.
- Image features
- Natural images
- Saccade amplitude
- Eye movement
Tatler, B. W., Baddeley, R. J., & Vincent, B. T. (2006). The long and the short of it: spatial statistics at fixation vary with saccade amplitude and task. Vision Research, 46(12), 1857-1862. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2005.12.005