CRC Eye Tracking Workshop #1: Introduction & Overview

2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 8, 2019
3:00 pm on Tuesday, October 8, 2019
CRC (704 Commonwealth Avenue), room B01B

The Communication Research Center (CRC) is equipped with the technology, software, facilities, and expertise to aid Boston University faculty and student researchers in conducting studies using biometric methods. There is vast potential for researchers in the field of communication and related disciplines to utilize these methods in order to gain more holistic insights into how people feel, think, and behave toward media technologies and messages.

Led by the CRC’s Lab & Research Manager, Susie Blair (, this semester’s workshops will focus on three different biometric modules offered via the iMotions biometric research platform—Facial Expression Analysis, Eye Tracking, and Galvanic Skin Response (GSR). Each module will have two dedicated workshops (one conceptual overview, one guided practicum).

In this introductory workshop, participants will learn:

—The theoretical and technical basics of eye tracking

—The ways in which eye tracking can be used to augment traditional communication research methods (e.g., focus groups, interviews, and surveys) to form a more nuanced understanding of respondents' reactions and behaviors

The various forms of data that can be gathered via eye tracking technology, including gaze pathways, levels of attention and engagement, points of fixation, sequence of fixations, time spent looking, and more.