Head-mounted eye-tracking of infants' natural interactions: A new method

John M. Franchak, Kari S. Kretch, Kasey C. Soska, Jason S. Babcock, Karen E. Adolph

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Currently, developmental psychologists rely on paradigms that use infants' looking behavior as the primary measure. Despite hundreds of studies describing infants' visual exploration of experimental stimuli, researchers know little about where infants look during everyday interactions. Head-mounted eye-trackers have provided many insights into natural vision in adults, but methods and equipment that work well with adults are not suitable for infants-the equipment is prohibitively big and calibration procedures too demanding. We outline the first method for studying mobile infants' visual behavior during natural interactions. We used a new, specially designed head-mounted eye-tracker to record 6 infants' gaze as they played with mothers in a room full of toys and obstacles. Using this method, we measured how infants employed gaze while navigating obstacles, manipulating objects, and interacting with mothers. Results revealed new insights into visually guided locomotor and manual action and social interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of ETRA 2010
Subtitle of host publicationACM Symposium on Eye-Tracking Research and Applications
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2010
EventACM Symposium on Eye-Tracking Research and Applications, ETRA 2010 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Mar 22 2010Mar 24 2010

Publication series

NameEye Tracking Research and Applications Symposium (ETRA)


OtherACM Symposium on Eye-Tracking Research and Applications, ETRA 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX


  • Head-mounted eye-tracking
  • Infants
  • Natural vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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