Looking at reality versus watching screens: Media professionalization effects on the spontaneous eyeblink rate

Celia Andreu-Sanchez, Miguel Angel Martln-Pascual, Agnes Gruart, Jose Marla Delgado-Garcia

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Abstract

© 2017 Andreu-SaAnchez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. This article explores whether there are differences in visual perception of narrative between theatrical performances and screens, and whether media professionalization affects visual perception. We created a live theatrical stimulus and three audio-visual stimuli (each one with a different video editing style) having the same narrative, and displayed them randomly to participants (20 media professionals and 20 non-media professionals). For media professionals, watching movies on screens evoked a significantly lower spontaneous blink rate (SBR) than looking at theatrical performances. Media professionals presented a substantially lower SBR than non-media professionals when watching screens, and more surprisingly, also when seeing reality. According to our results, media professionals pay higher attention to both screens and the real world than do non-media professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0176030
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017

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