Course overview


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Researchers are increasingly aware of the advantages of combining eye tracking with EEG and other neurophysiological recording techniques such as fNIRS. In this advanced workshop, you will learn how to set up SR Research EyeLink systems to interface with a range of EEG/fNIRS systems, using both TTL signalling and more advanced integration (for EGI systems). The workshop will also cover how to co-register eye tracking and EEG data using Fieldtrip software.

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.

Combining eye tracking and EEG can have several advantages. For certain EEG scenarios, eye movements (not just blinks) can introduce large artefacts into recordings, causing issues for subsequent analysis. In these scenarios, it is important to have reliable eye tracking data in order to be able to discard relevant trials/portions of data. Eye tracking can also be used to limit what is shown to participants and when it is shown, for example only presenting targets when participants are fixating centrally, or making peripheral targets disappear if gaze leaves the central target.  Eye Tracking can also provide useful secondary information concerning cognitive workload and engagement. 

More recently, researchers have begun to explore concepts such as 'fixation related potentials' in tasks including reading and visual search. In this workshop, we will discuss the range of scenarios in which combining eye tracking with EEG can be advantageous, and outline strategies for synchronisation and data co-registration.

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. For the last session, you will also need Fieldtrip (a matlab toolbox) installed in order to follow along.

Why Study this Course?

  • Learn how to record simultaneous EEG and eye tracking data
  • Understand how to use TTL signalling to ensure common time points in both data streams
  • Learn how to use Experiment Builder to interface with EGI EEG systems
  • Understand the basics of TTL signalling and synchronization
  • Use Fieldtrip to co-register EEG and EyeLink data.



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Tutor information

Dr Sam Hutton

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  detailed understanding of all aspects of eye tracking research, and a wealth of practical experience to share.

Dr Gustav Kuhn

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 - 09:45: Introduction to eye tracking and EEG.

This session will outline the key issues to be covered in the workshop, including TTL signalling and co-registration of EEG and eye tracking data, and describe some of the advantages of simultaneous eye tracking and EEG recording.

09:45 - 10:30: Set up and Calibration for EEG research.

This practical session will cover setting up and calibrating participants using the EyeLink 1000 Plus, using head fixed and remote modes. The session will include advice on how to maximise and measure data quality.

10:30 - 11:00: Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30: TTL signalling explained.

Basic TTL synchronisation strategies explained, with detailed examples of equipment/cabling required for a range of EEG systems.

12:30 - 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 15:00: Integrating EyeLink systems with EGI EEG systems using Experiment Builder.

15:00 – 15:30: Tea/Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00: Co-registering EEG and EyeLink data using Fieldtrip (requires matlab / Fleldtrip software to be installed).

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will have learned:

  • How to set up and calibrate EyeLink systems to record accurate data whilst simultaneously recording EEG data
  • How to use TTL signals and EyeLink messages to synchronise eye tracking and EEG data
  • How to use Experiment Builder to control and communicate with EGI EEG systems
  • How to co-register EyeLink data with EEG data using Fieldtrip software.

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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