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Iperception. 2010;1(1):7-27. doi: 10.1068/i0382. Epub 2010 Jul 12.

Yarbus, eye movements, and vision.

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  • 1School of Psychology, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN, UK; e-mail:


The impact of Yarbus's research on eye movements was enormous following the translation of his book Eye Movements and Vision into English in 1967. In stark contrast, the published material in English concerning his life is scant. We provide a brief biography of Yarbus and assess his impact on contemporary approaches to research on eye movements. While early interest in his work focused on his study of stabilised retinal images, more recently this has been replaced with interest in his work on the cognitive influences on scanning patterns. We extended his experiment on the effect of instructions on viewing a picture using a portrait of Yarbus rather than a painting. The results obtained broadly supported those found by Yarbus.


Yarbus; eye guidance; eye movement; face perception; history; saccade; scene perception; stabilised retinal image

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