Social Psychology

Eye tracking is used in social psychology to measure how human behavior is influenced by social context.

Eye tracking in social psychology

Revealing a subject's pattern of attention in social situations helps researchers understand the impact of visual impact on thoughts and behavior.
Eye tracking is an important tool in studying:

  • Attitude formation and change
  • Persuasion
  • Social cognition
  • Self-concept
  • Social influence
  • Group dynamics
  • Interpersonal attraction


University of Chicago

Researchers from University of Chicago used eye tracking to evaluate social attention in two different cultural populations, urban North American participants, and rural Yucatec Mayan participants. To the researchers' knowledge, it is the first attempt to use eye tracking methods to quantify cultural variation in social attention. Read more

University of Miami

Studies show that people with social anxiety pay more attention to negative facial expressions. An eye tracking study confirmed this theory and also revealed that training people to focus on positive stimuli can lead to a reduction in this bias. Read more

Freie Universität Berlin

Researchers from Freie Universität Berlin used eye tracking in a study that revealed the incidence of negativity biases among different cultures by testing reactions to facial expressions. Read more

Products and services

Products and services

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

  • Unruh, K. E., Sasson, N. J., Shafer, R. L., Whitten, A., Miller, S. J., Turner-Brown, L., & Bodfish, J. W. (2016). Social Orienting and Attention Is Influenced by the Presence of Competing Nonsocial Information in Adolescents with Autism. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10.
  • Telford, E. J., Fletcher-Watson, S., Gillespie-Smith, K., Pataky, R., Sparrow, S., Murray, I. C., … Boardman, J. P. (2016). Preterm birth is associated with atypical social orienting in infancy detected using eye tracking. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, n/a–n/a.
  • van Osch, Y., Blanken, I., Meijs, M. H. J., & van Wolferen, J. (2015). A Groups Physical Attractiveness Is Greater Than the Average Attractiveness of Its Members: The Group Attractiveness Effect. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(4), 559–574.

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