Journal article

Taking a(c)count of eye movements: Multiple mechanisms underlie fixations during enumeration

Jacob M Paul, Robert A Reeve, Jason D Forte

JOURNAL OF VISION | ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

We habitually move our eyes when we enumerate sets of objects. It remains unclear whether saccades are directed for numerosity processing as distinct from object-oriented visual processing (e.g., object saliency, scanning heuristics). Here we investigated the extent to which enumeration eye movements are contingent upon the location of objects in an array, and whether fixation patterns vary with enumeration demands. Twenty adults enumerated random dot arrays twice: first to report the set cardinality and second to judge the perceived number of subsets. We manipulated the spatial location of dots by presenting arrays at 0°, 90°, 180°, and 270° orientations. Participants required a similar tim..

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