Eye movements both reveal and influence problem solving

Michael J. Spivey and Rick Dale

in The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199539789
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Eye movements both reveal and influence problem solving

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Within the context of the theory of embodied cognition, our most frequent motor movements—eye movements—are sure to play an important role in our cognitive processes. Not only do eye movements provide the experimenter with a special window into these cognitive processes, they provide the individual with a way to modify their cognitive processes. This chapter examines this dual role of eye movements (both revealing and modifying cognition) in a variety of problem solving tasks. Experimenters can better understand the underlying cognitive processes that are involved in problem solving by recording eye movement patterns, and individuals can better perform their problem solving when they produce the right eye movement patterns.

Keywords: eye movements; cognitive processes; human cognition; problem solving; modifying cognition

Article.  8092 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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