Studies with young participants

Young, interested people, between 17 and 35 years of age and psychology students at any age can participate in various Eyelab studies.  

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The experiments investigate the coupling of attention and saccades during real-world scene viewing. Specifically, they address the question whether saccade amplitudes, i.e. the length of individual eye movements during scene exploration, reflect the size of the attentional span. Under this assumption, small saccade amplitudes would involve a small attentional span, i.e. a preference for processing scene information in the central visual field, whereas long saccade amplitudes would involve an attentional bias toward the peripheral visual field.



In this study, we investigate the psychological impact of graphic novels and comics. Subjects read sections of representative works from different culture areas. In this way, we learn about how the interaction of text and image contributes to the understanding of comics.



Comic stories do not occur at a single moment, but rather encompass a period of time. The perceived duration of a story differs between individuals. In this study, we investigate the influence of attributes of very short excerpts of comics on the subjectively perceived period of time.



Experiment to investigate the influence of scene preview on the central fixation bias.

In a recently conducted experiment we investigated the influence of scene preview on initial eye movements. We were especially interested if scene preview would result in a reduced tendency to place the eyes close to the scene center during early movements.