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Look, but don't touch: The effect of curiosity on eye and mouse interaction
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Se men inte röra: Effekten av nyfikenhet på ögon- och musinteraktion (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The tradeoff between satisfying curiosity and maximizing performance was investigated. Subjects were given a two-armed-bandit task, in which they should select squares from two areas with different probabilities to reward points. With each choice, subjects also got to see part of a face. The intention was to spark curiosity about the identity, as faces are known to be of special interest to humans. Also, a method for interaction by eye fixation was conceived, and compared against interaction with a mouse. The study examined if subjects were willing to sacrifice task performance to satisfy their curiosity, and if eye interaction was more susceptible to this distraction. An effect of the face distractors on learning performance was found. Eye and mouse interaction showed different patterns of square selections, but no difference in the overall task performance could be measured. Possible improvements to the paradigm are considered.

Abstract [sv]

Valet mellan att stilla nyfikenhet och maximera prestation utforskades. Försöksdeltagarna gavs en två-armad-bandit-uppgift, där de skulle välja mellan rutor från två olika områden som hade olika sannolikhet att ge poäng. För varje val fick deltagarna även se en del av ett ansikte. Avsikten var att locka till nyfikenhet med avseende på ansiktets identitet, då ansikten har visats vara av särskilt intresse för människor. Dessutom så skapades en metod för interaktion genom ögonfixering, vilken jämfördes med interaktion via datormus. Studien undersökte ifall deltagarna var villiga att offra prestation i uppgiften för att stilla nyfikenheten, och om interaktion genom ögonfixering var mer benägen att distraheras på detta sätt. En effekt av distraktionen på inlärningsprestation hittades. De två interaktionsmetoderna uppvisade olika mönster i val av rutor, men ingen skillnad i generell prestation kunde uppmätas. Möjliga förbättringar av paradigmet diskuteras.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 20 p.
Keyword [en]
curiosity, two-armed bandit, k-armed bandit, gaze interaction, face
Keyword [sv]
nyfikenhet, två-armad bandit, k-armad bandit, blickinteraktion, ansikte
National Category
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-75778OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-75778DiVA: diva2:635233
Educational program
Programme in Cognitive Science
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2013-07-03 Last updated: 2015-12-17Bibliographically approved

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