The Perception of Symmetry in Architecture: An Eye Movement Study

Sep 23, 2016

This study focuses on symmetry and the way it is understood. To find out the visual patterns of attention when viewing symmetrical interiors of houses, the researchers used an eye tracking method. Overall, the patterns for symmetrical scenes demonstrate the perceptual value of the axis of symmetry. For right-handed students, it acts as the separator of two halves of the scene and carries their attention towards the left half of it, while for left-handed students it is like an anchoring line which eye movements are in back and forth movements between the axis and the other parts.

Sharareh Ghanbari Azarneir (Iran University of Science and Technology)
Seyed-Abbas Agha Yazdanfar (Iran University of Science and Technology)
Seyed-Bagher Hosseini (Iran University of Science and Technology)
Mohammad Reza Daliri (Iran University of Science and Technology)
Presented at: 
2016 ANFA Conference (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture

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