Course overview


Online teaching

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Researchers are increasingly interested in recording eye movements while participants interact with dynamic stimuli - from using simple animations to maintain engagement when eye tracking infants and children, through the use of video stimuli, to recording eye movements while people interact with websites and software. In this unique course, SR Research will demonstrate a range of solutions for recording and analysing eye tracking data while participants view dynamic stimuli.

SR Research manufactures the EyeLink range of eye trackers – devices that have been the driving force behind the most innovative eye-tracking research of the last two decades. Renowned for their exceptional levels of accuracy and precision, combined with high sampling speeds, their eye trackers are used in top laboratories worldwide.

This course will focus on the analysis of dynamic stimuli, using SR Research EyeLink software. Eye tracking participants while they engage with dynamic stimuli  (such as animations, videos and live websites) opens up fascinating new areas of research - but also poses a number of important challenges - both for the presentation of stimuli, and the analysis of the resulting eye tracking data.  This advanced workshop is aimed at existing EyeLink users who want to learn how to use dynamic stimuli in their eye tracking research. We will cover all aspects of working with dynamic stimuli, from understanding the importance of video frame-rates and codecs, through to understanding the implications of dynamic interest areas for common eye tracking metrics such as dwell time and fixation count. 

The course will cover both theoretical and practical issues, and worked examples, including video stimuli, Experiment Builder scripts and Data Viewer analysis sessions will be provided.

Please note that you will need to bring a laptop that has the latest version of Experiment Builder and Data Viewer installed. Temporary USB license keys will be provided for people who are not able to bring their own.

Why Study this Course?

  • Understand the different ways in which dynamic stimuli can be used to enhance eye tracking research
  • Learn how to create animations in Experiment Builder
  • Discover how to use SplitAVI and other video editing tools to prepare video stimuli for presentation with Experiment Builder and other software
  • Understand how to use Screen Recorder to record data whilst people interact with websites / software and, including video gaming devices
  • Learn how to use Data Viewer to create dynamic interest areas/dynamic heatmaps/time course analyses and more.



Booking information

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Tutor information

Sam Hutton course tutor

Dr Sam Hutton

Dr Sam Hutton has extensive experience of using EyeLink systems, both for his own research (with over 50 published papers) and more recently, in his role as consultant for SR Research. His eye tracking research interests include basic oculomotor function in people with neurological and psychiatric disorders , the relationship between attention / memory and eye movements, pupilometry and eye movements during reading.  He has trained hundreds of researchers, and conducted workshops across the world. He has a very detailed understanding of all aspects of eye tracking research, and a wealth of practical experience to share. 

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Dr Gustav Kuhn

Dr Gustav Kuhn is a Reader in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London and director of the MAGIC lab (Mind Attention and General Illusory Cognition). He has extensive experience in eye tracking research, and much of his research has focused on measuring eye movements during naturalistic interactions and exploring how magicians misdirect people’s attention.


Course structure

09:00 - 09:30: Registration / Welcome

09:30 - 10:00: Introduction to Working with Dynamic Stimuli:

We will begin by outlining a range of research scenarios in which using dynamic stimuli is important, and introduce some of the issues for stimulus presentation and data analysis that arise when using dynamic stimuli.

10:00 - 11:00: Creating and preparing dynamic stimuli for Experiment Builder:

This session will introduce a variety of software that can be used at all stages of working with dynamic stimuli – for example video conversion / resizing tools.  The session will involve hands on practice with using the SplitAVI tool that accompanies Experiment Builder. The session will also demonstrate how to achieve accurate audio / video synchronisation.

11:00 - 11:30: Tea / Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30: Presenting Dynamic Stimuli with Experiment Builder:

In this session you will gain hands on experience of using Experiment Builder to present video stimuli. The session will also cover the use of Experiment Builder's in-built animation functions. 

12:30 - 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 15:00: Screen Recorder:

This session will demonstrate how to use Screen Recorder software in conjunction with Data Viewer to record and analyse eye movements whilst participants interact with websites / other software - scenarios in which the participant, rather than the experiment has control over what appears on screen.

15:00 - 15:30: Tea / Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00: Analysing Dynamic Eye Tracking Data in Data Viewer: 

Using prepared viewing sessions, you will learn a range of techniques, including creating Dynamic Interest Areas , Dynamic Heat Maps, and outputting and interpreting Interest Area and Time Series (binning) reports. 

Learning outcomes

  • Gain insights into how working with dynamic stimuli can enhance your eye tracking research
  • Learn how to use Experiment Builder to create simple animations
  • Discover the power of the Screen Recorder utility for a wide range of "naturalistic" eye tracking scenarios
  • Understand how to correctly prepare video stimuli for precise presentation
  • Understand the sophisticated functionality that Data Viewer provides for analysing dynamic eye tracking data.

About the department

Our Department of Psychology runs a range of exciting undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as being a thriving centre of excellence in research. There are four main research centres within the department, including:

The Centre for Cognition and Neuroscience – which investigates cognition and its underlying neurobiological mechanisms.

The Centre for Development and Educational Science – which conducts scientific research into the development of cognitive, perceptual, social and emotional processes from infancy into childhood and adolescence.

The Centre for Forensic and Clinical Science – a dynamic hub for research, specialist teaching and consultancy within the area of forensic and clinical psychology.

The Centre for the Science of the Creative and Performing Arts – which investigates the cognitive and neural bases of music, dance and visual arts.

This course has been developed in collaboration with SR Research. Since its inception 25 years ago, SR Research has been exclusively dedicated to supporting and responding to the needs of the eye-movement research community. There are a number of Eye Tracking courses available including:

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