During the recent series of posts on eye tracking, several of you wondered if artists look at the world differently from the general population.
According to a study conducted by Stine Vogt and Svein Magnussen in Norway, the answer appears to be yes.
Trained artists, compared to non-artists, spent less time looking at the focal points (here, a face or a figure) and more time scanning the overall image. In both pairings the artist's scanpath is on the right; that of the non-artist is on the left.
This was true whether they were looking at the pictures without any relevant guiding instructions, or whether they were directed to concentrate on the images in order to remember them.
Thanks, David Palumbo.
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