Course overview


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Research into the oculomotor abnormalities associated with neurological and psychiatric disorders has a long history. Focusing on a range of tasks assessing basic oculomotor control, this advanced workshop will provide you with a range of practical skills, both in the implementation and interpretation of tasks such as prosaccade, antisaccade, smooth pursuit and fixation stability, using SR Research EyeLink eye trackers.

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.

From decreased volitional saccade amplitude in Parkinson’s disease, to abnormal scan paths when looking at faces in patients with schizophrenia, researchers have used eye tracking technology to better understand the neurophysiological and neurocognitive bases of a wide range of neurological, psychiatric and psychological disorders. In this advanced EyeLink Workshop, you will discover the wide range of eye tracking techniques that have been used to explore oculomotor dysfunction in neuropsychiatric research. 

The course will focus on providing hands on, practical advice on maximising eye tracker data quality, using Experiment Builder to create a range of tasks assessing basic oculomotor function (pro, anti, predictive and remembered saccade tasks, fixation stability, smooth pursuit), and using Data Viewer to process and interpret the data from such tasks. 

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 need Fieldtrip (and matlab) installed in order to follow along.  

Why Study this Course?

  • Understand the potential of eye movement data to reveal important insights into neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Learn how to track patients with psychiatric and neurological disorders using EyeLink systems
  • Learn how to use Experiment Builder to create a range of tasks assessing basic oculomotor function
  • Discover how to use Data Viewer to process and analyse data from prosaccade, antisaccade, fixation stability and smooth pursuit tasks.



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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 - 10:30: Participant set up and Calibration for neuropsychiatric research.

This practical session will cover setting up and calibrating participants using the EyeLink 1000 Plus. The session will include advice on how to maximise and measure data quality, and how to approach calibration for a range of patients.

10:30 - 11:00: Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30: Background– A primer on the basics of oculomotor control:

The neural mechanisms underlying saccades, fixation and smooth pursuit, and a quick overview of research into oculomotor abnormalities in neuropsychiatric populations.

12:30 - 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 15:00: Implementing a range of saccade tasks in Experiment Builder, and analysing the resulting data using Data Viewer and Excel

15:00 – 15:30: Tea/Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00: Implementing smooth pursuit tasks using Experiment Builder and analysing pursuit and Data Viewer and Excel

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will have:

  • Gained a deeper understanding of how EyeLink systems work
  • Learned how to maximise your eye tracking data quality
  • Learned how to use Experiment Builder to create a range of tasks assessing basic oculomotor function
  • The ability to use Data Viewer to process data from prosaccade, antisaccade, fixation stability and smooth pursuit tasks

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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