They’re not talking about artists hairstyles or hat choices, this study is about eye motion paths through an image. So, they don’t just look different, they do their looking differently.
Cognitive Daily: Artists look different
Stine Vogt and Svein Magnussen showed 16 pictures including these two to trained artists and non-artists (psychologists) enrolled in Norway’s top graduate programs in their respective disciplines, using eye-tracking cameras and software to monitor where they looked.
Via Photon Detector
Don’t miss the comment after the study write-up that calls them out on using psychology students as the “control” group. Maybe the general population does what the artists do, and only psych majors concentrate on the people.