Eye-tracking analysis in landscape perception research : influence of photograph properties and landscape characteristics

Lien Dupont*, Marc Antrop, Veerle Van Eetvelde

*Corresponding author

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The European Landscape Convention emphasises the need for public participation in landscape planning and management. This demands understanding of how people perceive and observe landscapes. This can objectively be measured using eye tracking, a system recording eye movements and fixations while observing images. In this study, 23 participants were asked to observe 90 landscape photographs, representing 18 landscape character types in Flanders (Belgium) differing in degree of openness and heterogeneity. For each landscape, five types of photographs were shown, varying in view angle. This experiment design allowed testing the effect of the landscape characteristics and photograph types on the observation pattern, measured by Eye-tracking Metrics (ETM). The results show that panoramic and detail photographs are observed differently than the other types. The degree of openness and heterogeneity also seems to exert a significant influence on the observation of the landscape.
TidsskriftLandscape Research
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)417-432
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 2014
Udgivet eksterntJa

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