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Computer models of saliency alone fail to predict subjective visual attention to landmarks during observed navigation

Yesiltepe, D; Ozbil Torun, A; Coutrot, A; Hornberger, M; Spiers, H; Conroy Dalton, R; (2021) Computer models of saliency alone fail to predict subjective visual attention to landmarks during observed navigation. Spatial Cognition & Computation , 21 (1) pp. 39-66. 10.1080/13875868.2020.1830993. Green open access

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Abstract

This study aimed to understand whether or not computer models of saliency could explain landmark saliency. An online survey was conducted and participants were asked to watch videos from a spatial navigation video game (Sea Hero Quest). Participants were asked to pay attention to the environments within which the boat was moving and to rate the perceived saliency of each landmark. In addition, state-of-the-art computer saliency models were used to objectively quantify landmark saliency. No significant relationship was found between objective and subjective saliency measures. This indicates that during passive observation of an environment while being navigated, current automated models of saliency fail to predict subjective reports of visual attention to landmarks.

Type: Article
Title: Computer models of saliency alone fail to predict subjective visual attention to landmarks during observed navigation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13875868.2020.1830993
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13875868.2020.1830993
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10129336
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