Hot and Cold Selective (Visual) Acuity: Context Independence During Precognition

Posted: 27 Mar 2011

Date Written: March 21, 2011


This paper is a preliminary report of an ongoing experiment at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I am investigating among other things whether contradictory contextual matter in a visual field affects eye gaze and eye scan behaviors. This research supports the idea that certain physiological processes precede certain emotions and also that certain purposive human behaviors are predictably rooted in social and political orientations. Previous research is also somewhat ambiguous about whether biology determines socio-political behavioral pathologies. This paper takes the position that precognitive responses inform observations of the cognitive architecture of social and political orientations and that certain drivers dictate how these orientations affect emotional behavior. My findings indicate that positively charged affective states lead to visual scanning strategies that are dependent on social and political contexts and that eye scanning and gaze patterns indicate that people look at images in ways that are influenced by their social orientations. This effect called Hot Visual Selective Acuity happens when visual images effectively influence viewer behavior. This approach strongly suggests that the egg (physiology) comes before the chicken (purpose). In the present draft of this paper, gaze resting points (fixations) and variances within subject groups receive the most consideration during data analyses.

Null Hypothesis:

There will be no significant difference between the numbers of total fixations across political or non-political visual images.

Keywords: Visual, Selective, Acuity, Gaze, Cognitive, Physiology

Suggested Citation

Shanks, Eric, Hot and Cold Selective (Visual) Acuity: Context Independence During Precognition (March 21, 2011). Available at SSRN:

Eric Shanks (Contact Author)

University of Nebraska ( email )

Lincoln, NE 68588
United States

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