Is gaze behaviour in a laboratory context similar to that in real-life? A study in bicyclists

Linus Zeuwts, Pieter Vansteenkiste, Frederik Deconinck, Mariette van Maarseveen, Geert Savelsbergh, Greet Cardon, Matthieu Lenoir

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Abstract

Numerous laboratory-based studies recorded eye movements in participants with varying expertise when watching video projections in the lab. Although research in the lab offers the advantage of internal validity, reliability and ethical considerations, ecological validity is often questionable. Therefore the current study compared visual search in 13 adult cyclists, when cycling a real bicycle path and while watching a film clip of the same road. Dwell time towards five Areas of Interest (AOIs) is analysed. Dwell time (%) in the lab and real-life was comparable only for the low quality bicycle path. Both in real-life and the lab, gaze is predominantly driven towards the road. Since gaze behaviour in the lab and real-life tends to be comparable with increasing task-complexity (road quality), it is concluded that under certain task constraints laboratory experiments making use of video clips might provide valuable information regarding gaze behaviour in real-life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-140
Number of pages10
JournalTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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Keywords

  • Bicyclist
  • Laboratory
  • Real-life
  • Traffic
  • Visual search

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Zeuwts, Linus ; Vansteenkiste, Pieter ; Deconinck, Frederik ; van Maarseveen, Mariette ; Savelsbergh, Geert ; Cardon, Greet ; Lenoir, Matthieu. / Is gaze behaviour in a laboratory context similar to that in real-life? A study in bicyclists. In: Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. 2016 ; Vol. 43. pp. 131-140.
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In: Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, Vol. 43, 01.11.2016, p. 131-140.

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