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Eye Movements During Mental Imagery are Not Reenactments of Perception

Johansson, Roger LU ; Holsanova, Jana LU and Holmqvist, Kenneth LU (2010) Cognitive Science conference In Cognition in Flux p.1968-1973
Abstract
In this study eye movements were recorded for participants in three different conditions. All three conditions consisted of a perception phase and an imagery phase. The imagery phase was similar for all conditions, i.e. participants looked freely at a blank white screen. But the perception phase was different for each condition. In a control condition participants looked freely at a complex picture. In the first experimental condition they looked at another complex picture but maintained fixation at the center of the picture. In the second experimental condition they maintained central fixation while listening to a verbal scene description. The results revealed that despite central fixation during perception in the two central gaze... (More)
In this study eye movements were recorded for participants in three different conditions. All three conditions consisted of a perception phase and an imagery phase. The imagery phase was similar for all conditions, i.e. participants looked freely at a blank white screen. But the perception phase was different for each condition. In a control condition participants looked freely at a complex picture. In the first experimental condition they looked at another complex picture but maintained fixation at the center of the picture. In the second experimental condition they maintained central fixation while listening to a verbal scene description. The results revealed that despite central fixation during perception in the two central gaze conditions, participants’ eye movements were spread out during imagery and reflected spatial positions and directions of the picture or scene. These results contradict the assumption that eye movements during imagery are reenactments of perception. (Less)
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Eye-movements, Mental imagery, Spatial Cognition, Visual attention, Scene Description
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Cognition in Flux
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Ohlsson, Stellan; Catrambone, Richard; and
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1968 - 1973
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Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Portland, Oregon
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Cognitive Science conference
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  abstract     = {In this study eye movements were recorded for participants in three different conditions. All three conditions consisted of a perception phase and an imagery phase. The imagery phase was similar for all conditions, i.e. participants looked freely at a blank white screen. But the perception phase was different for each condition. In a control condition participants looked freely at a complex picture. In the first experimental condition they looked at another complex picture but maintained fixation at the center of the picture. In the second experimental condition they maintained central fixation while listening to a verbal scene description. The results revealed that despite central fixation during perception in the two central gaze conditions, participants’ eye movements were spread out during imagery and reflected spatial positions and directions of the picture or scene. These results contradict the assumption that eye movements during imagery are reenactments of perception.},
  author       = {Johansson, Roger and Holsanova, Jana and Holmqvist, Kenneth},
  booktitle    = {Cognition in Flux},
  editor       = {Ohlsson, Stellan and Catrambone, Richard},
  keyword      = {Eye-movements,Mental imagery,Spatial Cognition,Visual attention,Scene Description},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {1968--1973},
  publisher    = {Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Portland, Oregon},
  title        = {Eye Movements During Mental Imagery are Not Reenactments of Perception},
  year         = {2010},
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