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Effects of display layout on gaze activity during visual search

Abstract : We report an experimental study that aims at investigating the influence of spatial layout on visual search efficiency and comfort. 4 layouts were used for displaying 120 scenes comprising 30 realistic colour photos each: random, elliptic, radial and matrix-like. Scenes (30 per structure) were presented to 5 participants who had to select a pre-viewed photo in each scene using the mouse. Eye-tracking data indicate that elliptic layouts provided better visual comfort than any of the other layouts (shortest scan paths), and proved to be more efficient than matrix layouts (shortest search times). These results are statistically significant (paired t-tests).
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Jérôme Simonin, Suzanne Kieffer, Noëlle Carbonell. Effects of display layout on gaze activity during visual search. IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT'05), Sep 2005, Rome, Italy. pp.1054-1058, ⟨10.1007/11555261_103⟩. ⟨inria-00000695⟩



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