Kovic, Vanja and Plunkett, Kim and Westermann, Gert (2009) An eye-tracking study of inanimate objects. Psihologija, 42 (4). pp. 417-436. ISSN 0048-5705Full text not available from this repository.
Unlike the animate objects, where participants were consistent in their looking patterns, for inanimates it was difficult to identify both consistent areas of fixations and a consistent order of fixations. Furthermore, in comparison to animate objects, inanimates received significantly shorter total looking time, shorter longest looks and a smaller number of overall fixations. However, as with animates, looking patterns did not systematically differ between the naming and non-naming conditions. These results suggested that animacy, but not labelling, impacts on looking behaviour in this paradigm. In the light of feature-based accounts of semantic memory organization, one could interpret these findings as suggesting that processing of the animate objects is based on the saliency/diagnosticity of their visual features (which is then reflected through participants eye-movements towards those features), whereas processing of the inanimate objects is based more on functional features (which cannot be easily captured by looking behaviour in such a paradigm).
|Journal or Publication Title:||Psihologija|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||inanimate objects ; eye-tracking ; mental representations ; CATEGORY ; IDENTIFICATION ; DEFICITS ; ACCOUNT ; THINGS ; BRAIN|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology|
|Deposited On:||08 Nov 2011 12:15|
|Last Modified:||30 Sep 2013 15:22|
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