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Walk, Look, Remember: The Influence of the Gallery's Spatial Layout on Human Memory for an Art Exhibition.

Krukar J - Behav Sci (Basel) (2014)

Bottom Line: In the museum context, where spatial layout is one of the most powerful curatorial tools available, attention and memory can be measured as a means of establishing whether or not the gallery fulfils its function as a space for contemplating art.In this exploratory experiment, 32 participants split into two groups explored an experimental, non-public exhibition and completed two unanticipated memory tests afterwards.The results show that some spatial characteristics of an exhibition can inhibit the recall of pictures and shift the focus to perceptual salience of the artworks.

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Affiliation: Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, Northumbria University, NE1 8ST Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; E-Mail: jakub.krukar@northumbria.ac.uk.

ABSTRACT
The spatial organisation of museums and its influence on the visitor experience has been the subject of numerous studies. Previous research, despite reporting some actual behavioural correlates, rarely had the possibility to investigate the cognitive processes of the art viewers. In the museum context, where spatial layout is one of the most powerful curatorial tools available, attention and memory can be measured as a means of establishing whether or not the gallery fulfils its function as a space for contemplating art. In this exploratory experiment, 32 participants split into two groups explored an experimental, non-public exhibition and completed two unanticipated memory tests afterwards. The results show that some spatial characteristics of an exhibition can inhibit the recall of pictures and shift the focus to perceptual salience of the artworks.

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The influence of time spent inside on the personal means of RT accuracy and Back-to-the-Wall score.
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behavsci-04-00181-f007: The influence of time spent inside on the personal means of RT accuracy and Back-to-the-Wall score.

Mentions: The difference between participants’ mean time spent inside the gallery was not significant across the conditions (Condition 1: M = 614 s; SD = 536 s; Condition 2: M = 473 s; SD = 412 s). However, RT accuracy increased as the total time spent inside increased for those participants, who spent less than six minutes inside. All participants who stayed inside for longer than 6 minutes correctly recognised between 75% and 100% of pictures. A similar influence of time on shorter visits was observed in the mean personal Back-to-the-Wall score, although performance of those staying for longer varied to a greater extent (Figure 7).


Walk, Look, Remember: The Influence of the Gallery's Spatial Layout on Human Memory for an Art Exhibition.

Krukar J - Behav Sci (Basel) (2014)

The influence of time spent inside on the personal means of RT accuracy and Back-to-the-Wall score.
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behavsci-04-00181-f007: The influence of time spent inside on the personal means of RT accuracy and Back-to-the-Wall score.
Mentions: The difference between participants’ mean time spent inside the gallery was not significant across the conditions (Condition 1: M = 614 s; SD = 536 s; Condition 2: M = 473 s; SD = 412 s). However, RT accuracy increased as the total time spent inside increased for those participants, who spent less than six minutes inside. All participants who stayed inside for longer than 6 minutes correctly recognised between 75% and 100% of pictures. A similar influence of time on shorter visits was observed in the mean personal Back-to-the-Wall score, although performance of those staying for longer varied to a greater extent (Figure 7).

Bottom Line: In the museum context, where spatial layout is one of the most powerful curatorial tools available, attention and memory can be measured as a means of establishing whether or not the gallery fulfils its function as a space for contemplating art.In this exploratory experiment, 32 participants split into two groups explored an experimental, non-public exhibition and completed two unanticipated memory tests afterwards.The results show that some spatial characteristics of an exhibition can inhibit the recall of pictures and shift the focus to perceptual salience of the artworks.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, Northumbria University, NE1 8ST Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; E-Mail: jakub.krukar@northumbria.ac.uk.

ABSTRACT
The spatial organisation of museums and its influence on the visitor experience has been the subject of numerous studies. Previous research, despite reporting some actual behavioural correlates, rarely had the possibility to investigate the cognitive processes of the art viewers. In the museum context, where spatial layout is one of the most powerful curatorial tools available, attention and memory can be measured as a means of establishing whether or not the gallery fulfils its function as a space for contemplating art. In this exploratory experiment, 32 participants split into two groups explored an experimental, non-public exhibition and completed two unanticipated memory tests afterwards. The results show that some spatial characteristics of an exhibition can inhibit the recall of pictures and shift the focus to perceptual salience of the artworks.

No MeSH data available.