Eye tracking

Eye tracking is a wonderful technique that has many applications in research and real-life situations. With eye tracking, eye movements during reading and other visual-cognitive activities can be recorded in detail, revealing where and for how long our eyes looked at.

My first experience with eye tracking was in 2014. At that time, I was doing my M.A. thesis at Peking University, exploring the processing of Chinese adverbial lexical bundles. My supervisor Dr. Shiyi Lu recommended me to Dr. Xingshan Li, who should be able to provide the technical support needed for my research. Dr. Li was and is still in charge of the Reading & Visual Cognition Lab at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD degree from  University of Massachusetts at Amherst, supervised by Dr. Keith Rayner, one of the leading scholars in the field of eye tracking.

Dr. Xingshan Li then assigned me to one of his PhD students, Dr. Guojie Ma. Dr. Ma taught me how to design an eye-tracking experiment and how to collect and analyze eye-tracking data. Without his kind help and great supervision, I should never be able to finish my M.A. thesis, nor to turn it into a publication later (see Publications).