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JCP 2009 Vol.4(10): 1012-1021 ISSN: 1796-203X
doi: 10.4304/jcp.4.10.1012-1021

Eyes Draw Auxiliary Lines in Interpreting Images

Yukio Ohsawa1, Yusuke Maeda1
1Department of Systems Innovation, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


Abstract—This study aims at finding a typical pattern in the eye movement, when human obtains an interpretation of a presented image. We conducted experiments where subjects looked at abstract artworks and commercial posters. We compared the eye track lines with subjects’ statements about the interpretation of the image. The results show the tendency that eyes draw lines in the velocity between saccade and pursuit eye-movement as we call slow saccade line (SSL), following objects in the image corresponding to the meaningful units (sentences) of subjects’ statement about image interpretation. Furthermore, when they reached an insight, i.e., obtained a new interpretation after feeling difficulty in understanding the image, the eye track changed into SSLs after exploring in the velocity of fast saccade. We found this shift of velocity enables to acquire long-term memory of the obtained interpretation.

Index Terms—Auxiliary lines, slow saccade line, image interpretation, insight.

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Cite: Yukio Ohsawa, Yusuke Maeda, "Eyes Draw Auxiliary Lines in Interpreting Images," Journal of Computers vol. 4, no. 10, pp. 1012-1021, 2009.

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ISSN: 1796-203X
Abbreviated Title: J.Comput.
Frequency: Monthly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Liansheng Tan
Executive Editor: Ms. Nina Lee
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E-mail: jcp@iap.org
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