What do people look at when they watch stereoscopic movies?

Jukka Häkkinen*, Takashi Kawai, Jari Takatalo, Reiko Mitsuya, Göte Nyman

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We measured the eye movements of participants who watched a 6-minute movie in stereoscopic and non-stereoscopic form. We analyzed four shots of the movie. The results indicate that in a 2D movie viewers tended to look at the actors, as most of the eye movements were clustered there. The significance of the actors started at the beginning of a shot, as the eyes of the viewer focused almost immediately to them. In S3D movie the eye movement patterns were more widely distributed to other targets. For example, complex stereoscopic structures and objects nearer than the actor captured the interest and eye movements of the participants. Also, the tendency to first look at the actors was diminished in the S3D shots. The results suggests that in a S3D movie there are more eye movements which are directed to wider array of objects than in a 2D movie.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE-IS and T Electronic Imaging - Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXI
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventStereoscopic Displays and Applications XXI - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 2010 Jan 182010 Jan 20

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceStereoscopic Displays and Applications XXI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Eye movements
  • Saliency map
  • Stereoscopic movie

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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