Patrik Polatsek, Miroslav Laco, Å imon DekrÃ©t, Wanda Benesova, Martina BarÃ¡nkovÃ¡, Bronislava StrnÃ¡delovÃ¡, Jana KorÃ³niovÃ¡, MÃ¡ria GablÃkovÃ¡
While psychological studies have confirmed a connection between emotional stimuli and visual attention, there is a lack of evidence, how much influence individual’s mood has on visual information processing of emotionally neutral stimuli. In contrast to prior studies, we explored if bottom-up low-level saliency could be affected by positive mood. We therefore induced positive or neutral emotions in 10 subjects using autobiographical memories during free-viewing, memorizing the image content and three visual search tasks. We explored differences in human gaze behavior between both emotions and relate their fixations with bottom-up saliency predicted by a traditional computational model. We observed that positive emotions produce a stronger saliency effect only during free exploration of valence-neutral stimuli. However, the opposite effect was observed during task-based analysis. We also found that tasks could be solved less efficiently when experiencing a positive mood and therefore, we suggest that it rather distracts users from a task.
Please cite this paper if you use the dataset:
Polatsek, P., Laco, M., DekrÃ©t, Å ., Benesova, W., BarÃ¡nkovÃ¡, M., StrnÃ¡delovÃ¡, B., KorÃ³niovÃ¡, J., & GablÃkovÃ¡, M. (2019)
Effects of individual’s emotions on saliency and visual search