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Webcam eye tracking: yay or nay?

Thursday 10 November 2022
LACG Meetings
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


Visual World eye tracking is a temporally fine-grained method of monitoring attention, making it a popular tool in the study of online sentence processing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, while infrared eye tracking was mostly unavailable, various web-based experiment platforms have rapidly developed webcam eye tracking functionalities which are now in urgent need of evaluation. We replicated a recent Visual World study on the incremental processing of verb aspect in English using ‘out of the box’ webcam eye tracking software (jsPsych; de Leeuw, 2015) and crowdsourced participants, and fully replicated both the offline and online results of the original study. We conclude that remote webcam eye tracking can serve as an affordable and accessible alternative to lab-based infrared eye tracking, even for questions probing the time-course of language processing. 

In this talk, I will walk through our method and results, discussing factors influencing the quality and interpretability of webcam eye tracking data: particularly with regards to temporal and spatial resolution, but also participant retention and sample size.

Based on: Vos, M., Minor, S., & Ramchand, G. C. (2022). Comparing infrared and webcam eye tracking in the Visual World Paradigm. Glossa Psycholinguistics.

Clik here for the full paper. 

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