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Title: Cognitive archaeology, attention, and visual behavior
Authors: Silva-Gago, María
Bruner, Emiliano
Keywords: Affordance;Eye-tracking;Prehistory;Saliency;Stone tools;Tool making;Visual attention
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Cognitive Archaeology, Body Cognition, and the Evolution of Visuospatial Perception, 2023, p. 213-239
Abstract: Primates largely rely on vision as an adaptation to diurnal life, and this phylogenetic specialization has shaped their neural and sensory capacities. Visual attention is a crucial interface between the body and environment, and a key factor in the planning and execution of most primate behaviors. The patterns of visual attention can be studied through eye-tracking technology, which consists in measuring eye position and movements. Taking into account the importance of visual perception and visuospatial integration in the human genus, this technology can provide a useful approach to understand the visual behavior from an evolutionary perspective. In this chapter, we review the application of these experimental procedures in prehistoric archaeology, focusing on the visual response triggered by different lithic technologies associated with the earliest (Lower Palaeolithic) stone tools.
ISBN: 978-0-323-99193-3
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-323-99193-3.00013-1
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Type: Book chapter
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