Master’s Thesis

Those who want to see must close their eyes

Behind closed eyes. Seeing less, seeing more.
It may sound

sound surprising, but new perspectives can be gained through closed eyes. In my master’s thesis at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, I investigated the potential for eye closure to enrich the experience of visual media.

I developed various applications to test my hypothesis, such as the issuing of commands by closing one or both eyes (e.g. activating the sniper scope in a first-person shooter game, or causing a text processor to read the current sentence aloud). Next, I conducted experiments that allowed for an experiential investigation of the topic. This included a movie that intermediately asked the audience to close its eyes, maintaining mental imagery through sound alone even after the visual input was omitted.