Course overview


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Monitoring the gaze of infants and children can provide powerful insights into the development of cognitive, linguistic and social processes, but young participants create a number of challenges for eye tracking researchers - not least in participant setup, experimental design and data analysis. In this unique course, learn how to get the most out of your SR Research EyeLink system when working with infants and children.

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.

Eye tracking infants and children presents a number of challenges, but recent advances in hardware and software mean that working with young participants is no longer synonymous with frustration and data loss. This advanced workshop is aimed at EyeLink users who want to ensure that their eye tracking systems, tasks and analysis approaches are optimised for infant and child research. The workshop will cover hardware and set up issues, including optimal layout for the testing environment, using the arm-mount and desktop mounts, and using Remote Mode, as well as working with custom calibration targets.

The course will demonstrate how to program experiments for infant and child research in Experiment Builder, including detailed discussion of gaze-contingent triggers, preferential viewing tasks, accumulated looking, habituation and other common tasks. The course will also cover issues for data analysis that may arise when working with infants. 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?

  • Learn to use your EyeLink system to its full potential when working with infants and children
  • Gain hands on experience of using an arm-mounted EyeLink
  • Understand how to set up and calibrate infants and children optimally
  • Learn how to program infant and child friendly experiments with Experiment Builder
  • Learn how to deal with common analysis issues in Data Viewer



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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 - 10:00: Introduction to working with infants and Children:

We will begin with an introduction outlining the key topics that will be addressed in the workshop - the importance of optimal physical set ups, maintaining participant attention, flexible experiment programming and robust data analysis.

10:00 - 11:00: Set up and Calibration for infants and children:

This will be a practical demonstration of working with both Arm and Desktop mounted EyeLink systems when testing infants and children. The session will include how to use appropriate animated calibration targets and how to choose the appropriate calibration model.

11:00 - 11:30: Tea / Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30: Infant Friendly Experiment Builder programming I:

This will be a practical introduction to setting up a basic infant friendly preferential looking experiment, including how to play a choice of videos during camera set up, the use of animated calibration targets, gaze contingent trial triggering, responsive trial recycling and effective use of attention getters. 

12:30 - 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 15:00: Infant Friendly Experiment Builder programming II:

This will consist of a practical demonstration of using advanced Experimental Builder functionality to program accumulated looking / habituation type tasks.

15:00 - 15:30: Tea / Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00: Analysing infant and child data:

Learn how to calculate tracking loss, exclude trials and manually adjust fixations / saccades.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will have:

  • Learned tips and tricks for setting up and calibrating EyeLink systems to record data from children and infants.
  • Learned how to create engaging and responsive tasks using Experiment Builder
  • Learned how to use gaze-contingent functionality including invisible boundary triggers to implement accumulating looking / habituation type tasks in Experiment Builder
  • Understood how to use Data Viewer to deal with common issues such as missing 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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