Ja’Kayla Sterling

Ja’Kayla Sterling

PI: Daniel Levin, PhD , Department of Psychology

What factors play an important role in determining whether someone is externally or internally focused

Previous research has demonstrated that even young children follow gaze to objects, but no research has been documented on whether or not a person is actually looking at something specific, or whether they are orienting their eyes in some direction but not looking at something specific. The experiment is conducted via participants watching videos on a computer, answering questions post-video, and then our analysis of their answers. Participants of this study will be asked to sit at a computer and watch a series of short videos that were created and edited in lab. The videos will show a person staring off screen at either an object, or staring off screen as he/ she is in deep thought. Following each video, there will be a set of questions for the participant to answer. After all four videos in the series are played, the participant is given a post-experiment questionnaire. The purpose of this study is to gain understanding of what factors are used to determine whether someone is internally or externally focused, as well as how a person perceives and remembers scenes.