Tobii and University of Leipzig seminar

Connecting the dots  between eye movement and child cognition

A two-day conference on the use of eye tracking in child-psychology research, at the University of Leipzig in collaboration with Tobii Pro (online and in-person)

About the event

During this two-day conference, you'll get the chance to meet experts and researchers and hear their stories about how they have used eye tracking in their work. On day two, you'll be able to try the technology for yourself. Whether you are familiar with eye tracking or a newbie, we'll run a series of practical workshops on designing a study with eye tracking and pupillometry, capturing data, and tips and tricks on how to use our software to analyze it and deliver robust findings. 

Why attend?

Tobii's eye tracking technology is popular among scientific researchers because it creates a connection between eye movement and cognitive function. The technology is of particular interest in child psychology because it is nonintrusive. It allows you to capture data without making children feel uncomfortable and without affecting how they behave. Moreover, because it delivers accurate pupillometry data, eye tracking enables a wide range of studies that leverage the connection between pupil dilation and cognitive function. 

How to attend

You can choose to attend the day-one discussions and keynotes online or in-person. Or you can attend both days, including the practical workshops in-person. 

Date: September 21-22, 2022

Time: 10:00 CET

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Event details

Day 1  

Assessing visual processing of information in children with social anxiety disorder in laboratory and natural settings
Julian Schmitz, Ph.D., University of Leipzig

Studying social cognition in great apes using eye-tracking methods
Marie Padberg

Studying object-related memory in infants: An overview about eye-tracking paradigms and data processing approaches 
Maleen Thiele

ProVisioNET – Professional Vision of Novice and Expert Teachers 
Mandy Klatt 

Theory of mind and anticipatory looking in infants 
Anna-Lena Tebbe

Cognitive reappraisal through the lens of eye tracking: Functions of language in children’s use of cognitive emotion regulation strategies
Nadia Khammous


Day 2 

Both for beginners and advanced eye tracking users

Poster session 
Would you like to participate in our poster session? Please send your abstract to for consideration.


More information can be expected closer to the event.

About the speakers

Julian Schmitz is a professor of clinical child and adolescent psychology at Leipzig University and head of the university’s Psychotherapeutic Outpatient Clinic for Children and Adolescents. His main area of research is in the psychological basis of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. His approach is multimethodological, using eye-tracking, EEG, peripheral psychophysiology, and behavioral and subjective data from both laboratory experiments and real-life assessments.   

Marie Padberg is a research associate and Ph.D. student at the Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. She holds an M.Sc. in behavioral biology and a B.Sc. in biology. Her research interests include early socio-cognitive development and conservation.  

Maleen Thiele is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. She holds a Dr. of natural sciences in psychology and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in psychology. Her research interests include social attentional precursors of early social learning, and she has used eye-tracking and pupillometry to gain an understanding of how infants perceive social relationships. 

Vera Hauffe is a researcher at the Department of Psychology at the University of Freiburg, she holds an M.Sc. in psychology. Her research areas include psychopathology of childhood and adolescence and emotion and emotional regulation.  

Mandy Klatt  is a teacher and a research assistant at the Empirical School and Teaching Research at the Faculty of Education at the University of Leipzig. Her primary area of research is the measurement of learning and learning processes, and she has created a unique multimodal approach to gathering data that combines objective eye tracking and video observation with interviews and questionnaires.  

Anna-Lena Tebbe is a Ph.D. student at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Her main research interest lies in the cognitive and neuronal foundations of early social development and the ability to take perspective in infants. 

Nadia Khammous is research associate at the Education and Socialization department at the Institute for Educational Science, University of Freiburg. Her specific area of interest is emotion-specific vocabulary and how it supports the development of emotional competencies. 

Hellen Vergoossen is a research scientist at Tobii Pro and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Stockholm University. She provides training and consulting services to researchers throughout their eye tracking projects — from funding to implementation. Her primary area of investigation is the effect of language on the processing of social information. In addition to eye tracking, she has methodological knowledge of EEG, fMRI, accelerometry, psycholinguistics, and statistical analysis.