Course overview


Online teaching

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Renowned for their high sampling rates and exceptional levels of accuracy and precision, EyeLink systems are used in top laboratories worldwide. In this unique course, SR Research will provide extensive hands-on training in EyeLink systems, demonstrating how to maximise data quality, and introduce software for Experiment Builder stimulus presentation and Data Viewer analysis. The course is for researchers who are relatively new to eye tracking, or would like to refresh their existing knowledge.

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.

SR Research EyeLink systems are behind some of the most innovative eye tracking research to emerge in the last 20 years.  This introductory course is aimed at researchers who are new to eye tracking, as well as those who would like to refresh their existing knowledge, and who want to be sure they are getting the most from their EyeLink system. The course is split into two main sections. In the morning,  participants will learn how EyeLink systems work, how to set them up optimally, how to use the Host PC software, and how to record high quality data. There will be ample opportunity for hands on experience, as a number of different systems and camera mounts will be available. In the afternoon, the course will focus on software - learning to use Experiment Builder stimulus presentation software and Data Viewer analysis software.

Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on developing practical/hands on expertise. For the software training in the afternoon, worked examples, including Experiment Builder scripts and Data Viewer analysis sessions will be provided. Each of these introductory courses is followed on the next day by a more advanced course on a specific topic. Please see the below ‘About the Department’ section for a list of these advanced courses.

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
  • Gain hands-on experience of setting up participants optimally
  • Understand how to maximise and measure eye tracking data quality
  • Learn how to program experiments with Experiment Builder
  • Learn how to analyse eye movement data using Data Viewer



Booking information

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Tutor information

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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.

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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: How EyeLink eye trackers work:

We will begin with an introduction to EyeLink hardware, exploring how having a sophisticated understanding of the EyeLink hardware and Host software allows users to ensure they are using the equipment to its full potential.

10:00 - 11:00: Eye Tracking Data Quality - How to maximize it and how to measure it:   

This will consist of a detailed discussion of concepts such as "accuracy", "precision", "noise" etc that are commonly used in eye tracking literature - including practical information on how they can be measured / reported. This is followed by detailed description and practical demonstration of the steps that can be taken to maximise data quality with the EyeLink system - including detailed instructions for optimal participant set up and calibration etc.

11:00 - 11:30: Tea / Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30: Hands on training:

We will practice setting up systems and participants, performing calibrations, calibration checks on a range of different EyeLink systems / camera mounts. We will also learn to recognise and avoid poor quality data. 

12:30 - 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 15:00: Introduction to Experiment Builder:

This is a practical session - after a brief introduction, you will work on prepared scripts that we will provide, and learn key Experiment Builder concepts such as using nested sequences, data sources, referencing, conditional branching and much more. 

15:00 - 15:30: Tea / Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00: Introduction to Data Viewer:

This is another hands-on session - after a brief introduction, you will use prepared data sets to learn how to create Interest Areas, Interest Periods, use Trial Grouping and Aggregate Data mode, generate heat maps and output reports and much more.

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 by our Department of Psychology in collaboration with SR Research. SR Research, since its inception 25 years ago, 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:

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop you will have:

  • Gained a deeper understanding of how video based eye tracking systems in general, and EyeLink systems in particular, actually work - ensuring that you are able to use your eye tracker to its fullest potential.
  • Learned how to measure and optimise data quality (e.g. optimise calibration and participant set-up, including tips on working with children / people with glasses etc ).
  • Learned the basics of Experiment Builder stimulus presentation software, including how to use randomisation settings, conditional branching, variables and interest areas.
  • Learned the basics of Data Viewer analysis software, including critical functionality such as Trial Grouping, Interest Area creation (dynamic and static), Interest Periods, and the range of output reports available 

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