Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprachenphilologie

The use of Eye-Tracking in psycholinguistic research

Speaker: Markus Joos

Affiliation: Interactive Minds, Dresden,

Title: The use of Eye-Tracking in psycholinguistic research


Eye tracking as a measurement device is used more and more in psychological as well as in psycholinguistic research. Therefore I will first give an overview of current technological developments of eye tracking devices as well as common intricacies when using these devices. I will also provide an overview of eye movement parameters and how they can be interpreted in terms of different cognitive functions. As an example I will present data from a study concerned with the relation of eye movements and cognitive levels of processing. In this study we found evidence that the combination of saccadic amplitudes with the duration of fixations can be used to distinguish between ambient and focal processes of attention. Finally I will discuss how eye tracking is used in psycholinguistic research and how it can contribute to future research in this field.