Viewers change eye-blink rate by predicting narrative content

Celia Andreu Sánchez, Miguel Ángel Martín-Pascual, Agnès Gruart i Massó, José María Delgado-García

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Eye blinks provoke a loss of visual information. However, we are not constantly making conscious decisions about the appropriate moment to blink. The presence or absence of eye blinks also denotes levels of attention. We presented three movies with the exact same narrative but different styles of editing and recorded participants' eye blinks. We found that moments of increased or decreased eye blinks by viewers coincided with the same content in the different movie styles. The moments of increased eye blinks corresponded to those when the actor leaves the scene and when the movie repeats the same action for a while. The moments of decreased eye blinks corresponded to actions where visual information was crucial to proper understanding of the scene presented. According to these results, viewers' attention is more related to narrative content than to the style of editing when watching movies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBrain Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Visual perception
  • Attention
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Media content
  • Neurocinematics


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