Researchers have used eye tracking to inform their understanding of how people read and process language for decades. Psycholinguists have been pioneers in the development of eye tracking technology, methodology, and techniques for analysing eye movement data. In this advanced workshop SR Research EyeLink users will learn how to record accurate data during reading and comprehension, create a range of common tasks in Experiment Builder, and analyse reading/visual world data in Data Viewer.
This course will describe the dominant eye tracking paradigms used by researchers interested in reading and spoken language comprehension. We will cover how to use Experiment Builder to program standard sentence reading tasks, and create interest areas at the letter, word, phrase and sentence levels. We will also include detailed explanations of how to use Data Viewer to derive and interpret standard reading measures such as first fixation duration and regression path duration. The course will also cover the implementation of more advanced reading tasks, such as gaze-contingent windows/masks, and boundary triggered changes.
In recent years researchers have begun to appreciate that eye tracking technology can also be used to provide important insights into the cognitive processes involved in language comprehension. The dominant paradigm is referred to as the “Visual World Task” and involves presenting participants with images that they view whilst listening to a sentence. The pattern of gaze over time can provide important clues as to how the spoken language is being parsed in real time. The course will demonstrate how to implement a range of Visual World tasks in Experiment Builder, and how to produce time series (binning) reports in Data Viewer.
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 how researchers use eye tracking to gain insights into a range of language processes
- Gain hands on experience in creating a range of reading tasks in Experiment Builder
- Understand the importance of data quality and optimal calibration for reading research
- Learn how to derive “Standard Reading Measures” using Data Viewer and other tools
- Learn how to create visual world tasks in Experiment Builder, and analyse the data using time series reports from Data Viewer.
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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.
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.
09:00 - 09:30: Registration/Welcome
09:30 - 09:45: Introduction to eye tracking for language researchers.
This session will outline the ways in which language researchers have used eye tracking technology to gain important insights into language processes.
09:45 - 10:30: Set up and Calibration for reading research.
This practical session will cover setting up and calibrating participants using the EyeLink 1000 Plus, in both desktop and tower mounts, as well as the Portable Duo. The session will include advice on how to maximise and measure data quality.
10:30 - 11:00: Tea / Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30: Reading Research
A practical introduction to setting up a basic sentence reading tasks in Experiment Builder, using a range of worked examples to explore topics such as creating interest areas at letter, word and sentence levels and adding comprehension questions. The session will also cover the creation of gaze-contingent tasks such as moving window and boundary crossing paradigms.
12:30 - 13:30: Lunch
13:30 - 14:30: Standard Reading Measures:
Learn how to use Data Viewer and the “Get Reading Measures” tool to extract a range of common reading measures from sentence and paragraph reading tasks.
14:30 – 15:30: The Visual World Task:
Learn how to program a range of visual world tasks. The session will use worked examples, and demonstrate how to extract timing information using audio software.
15:30 - 16:00: Tea/Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00: Time Series Analysis:
Using Data Viewer, we will create and interpret time series (binning) reports using data from Visual World tasks.
At the end of this course you will:
- Know how to set up and calibrate EyeLink systems to record accurate data during reading tasks.
- Have learned how to create simple and gaze-contingent reading tasks using Experiment Builder
- Have learned how to use Data Viewer to generate standard reading measures.
- Be able to use Experiment Builder to create Visual World tasks
- Understand the steps involved in creating time series (binning) reports in Data Viewer.
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 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: