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.
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:
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.