Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

Eye-tracking Research

Eye-tracking has been “hailed as an opportunity for researchers to ‘look into the mind’ of the subject”.

In the School of English we have a psycholinguistics lab housing an Eyelink 1000+ eye-tracking system from SR Research.

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Our team uses state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology combined with linguistic analysis.


Staff and postgraduates interested in language make use of eye-tracking technology to monitor eye movements when comprehenders are reading, or when looking at a static scene or video while listening to auditory input.

Some of the primary participants in this research are our undergraduate students, who all take part in a language study in their first year and have the opportunity to conduct their own research in their final year.  

Importantly, eye-tracking has significant advantages over more traditional experimental techniques. First, it can be done without a secondary task (e.g. a button press in self-paced reading), allowing for natural reading or viewing.

Second, it provides a very rich record of looking behavior, allowing us to ascertain how many times, how long and when a word or region is fixated. For example, we can see where readers go back in a text when they are having difficulties.

Thus, the eye is indeed providing us with a window to the mind.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students can make use of eye-tracking during their degrees. For more infomation follow the links below:

Undergraduate Masters Research degrees

Recently published

Kathy Conklin and former CRAL colleagues Ana Pellicer-Sánchez and Gareth Carrol have now published their book on the use of eye-tracking in applied linguistics research. For more information, click the link below:

Eye-tracking: A Guide for Applied Linguistics Research


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