How eye tracking is empowering developmental research

Even before children can talk, researchers are able to measure their attention and gain a deep understanding of how their specific abilities emerge and change over time. Scientists are using eye tracking to learn more about infant cognitive abilities, biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder, and emotional development.  

We’re proud that Tobii Pro eye trackers continue to contribute to the developmental research field. Their tolerance of dynamic head movement enables unintrusive, accurate research in infants as well as a neurodiverse selection of potential subjects.


Watch our webinars below to find out more.

Using eye tracking with toddlers with and without developmental disorders

Speaker: Dr. Karen Pierce, Professor in the Department of Neurosciences at UCSD and Co-Director of the UCSD Autism Center of Excellence

Dr. Karen Pierce briefly reviews best practice tips for conducting pediatric eye tracking research. She also reviews her tracking research program aimed at discovering early diagnostic and prognostic markers of ASD as young as 12 months, thereby helping to facilitate early detection and treatment engagement.

SRCD Pre-Conference Event: Eye tracking in infant goal-directed behaviors

Speaker: Dr. Daniela Corbetta, Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Screen-based eye tracking systems are particularly suitable for infants and can be used in many non-screen applications. In this webinar, Daniela Corbetta, Ph.D. uses remote eye tracking in conjunction with infant goal-directed behaviors in reaching and object manipulation tasks.

Eye tracking metrics reveal insight into infants social information processing skills

Speaker: Dr. Sheila Krogh-Jespersen, Assistant Professor in Medical Social Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Dr. Sheila Krogh-Jespersen’s developmental experience includes a focus on learning appropriate strategies for designing studies with young infants, specifically in the 0-1 year age range. In this presentation, she presents evidence showing the development of social competence as revealed from the combination of eye-tracking and behavioral studies.

Early experiences in eye tracking research for children with autism

Speaker: Dr. Julie L. Thompson, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University

Study for children with autism. In this brief talk, Dr. Thompson shares videos and data of the exploratory and experimental investigations and discusses ways to improve the process in the future.

Eye tracking research symposium: Autism across the human lifespan

Speakers: Dr. Sudha Arunachalam, Associate Professor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University, Dr. J. Adam Noah, Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine, and Dr. Barbara Thompson, Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University

This webinar features presentations from three esteemed researchers on the topics of assessing language in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder, dual subject eye tracking during live interactive tasks and hyperscanning, and probing social motivation heterogeneity in young children.

Using eye-tracking to investigate infant observational learning

Speaker: Maleen Thiele, Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig

Previous research has shown that observing social interactions between others (“third-party interactions”) represents a crucial learning opportunity for typically developing infants. In her talk, Maleen Thiele presents two studies that investigate the processes of guiding infants to situations where they can observe interactions and factors promoting successful learning during observation.

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