Walk, look, remember: Art galleries as spaces facilitating attention and memory

Krukar, Jakub and Dalton, Ruth (2013) Walk, look, remember: Art galleries as spaces facilitating attention and memory. In: 9th International Symposium, 31 October - 3 November 2013, Seoul, South Korea.

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The spatial organisation of museums has been a subject of numerous studies. Previous research, however, despite reporting some actual behavioural correlates, rarely had the possibility to investigate the cognitive processes of the visitors. In the museum context, where spatial layout is
one of the most powerful curatorial tools available, we focus on measuring attention and memory as a means of establishing whether the gallery fulfils its function as a space for contemplating art.
In the experiment, 32 participants split into 2 groups explored an experimental, non-public exhibition space whilst wearing a portable eye-tracking device and completed two unanticipated memory tests. The results show that some spatial characteristics of an exhibition can inhibit recall of pictures and shift the focus to perceptual salience of the artworks.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: museum, memory, attention, layout, isovist
Subjects: C800 Psychology
K100 Architecture
W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: Prof Ruth Dalton
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 13:56
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 15:16
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/17164

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