Primate and Canine

Eye tracking is used by leading institutes in the fields of primate and canine research to study cognitive ability, comparative social cues, and behavioral neuroscience/ecology.

Capture natural behavior in non-humans

Eye tracking in primates and canines offers another tool to record aspects of animal perception, cognition, and decision making. The technology allows researchers to study gaze patterns and eye movements in an objective way that increases reliability and reduces variability. Video-oculography eye tracking provides a more comfortable and less intrusive method than search coils and does not require attaching electrodes, as in electrooculography . Our unobtrusive systems are more comfortable and less distracting, which is advantageous when dealing with nonhumans since they do not jeopardize the subject's natural behavior.

In primate and canine research, eye tracking can be used to evaluate perception and assess cognitive ability in fields relating to:

  • Behavioral ecology
  • Behavioral psychology
  • Behavioral neuroscience
  • Comparative psychology

This video demonstrates an eye tracking experiment at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, where members of the Primate Research Institute study great apes.


University of Parma

Eye tracking technology enabled the research team at the University of Parma to assess infant macaques’ abilities at a much younger age, and in much more detail, than previously possible. Read more

Kyoto University

Scientists at the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University use eye tracking to study chimpanzee face scanning patterns. Read more

Psychology and Neuroscience

Tobii Pro offers eye tracking systems for psychology and neuroscience studies in a controlled research setting, such as a lab, as well as examining human behavior in real-world environments, like in an office or home. Analyzing data is made easier with our various software solutions and their ability to work with other companies' solutions. Read more

  • Paukner, A., Bower, S., Simpson, E. A., & Suomi, S. J. (2013). Sensitivity to First-Order Relations of Facial Elements in Infant Rhesus Macaques. Infant and Child Development, 22(3), 320–330. doi:10.1002/icd.1793
  • Myowa-Yamakoshi, M., Scola, C., & Hirata, S. (2012). Humans and chimpanzees attend differently to goal-directed actions. Nature Communications, 3, 693. doi:10.1038/ncomms1695
  • Kano, F., & Tomonaga, M. (2011). Species difference in the timing of gaze movement between chimpanzees and humans. Animal Cognition, 14(6), 879–892.

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