Research Spotlight: Using eye tracking in developmental psychology research

It's a wrap! In this webinar you have listened to expert insights into using eye tracking in the field of developmental psychology, and had the opportunity to directly address the roundtable panelists and provide inputs and reflections on the subject matter. 






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Using eye-tracking to investigate the foundations of infants’ observational learning from third-party social interactions | Maleen Thiele, Ph.D. Candidate

Speaker: Maleen Thiele, Ph.D. Candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany

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 will present two studies that investigate the processes of guiding infants to situations where they can observe third-party interactions and factors promoting successful learning during the actual observation.

Emotional reactivity and attentional processes towards emotional faces in socially anxious youth | Vera Hauffe, Ph.D. student

Speaker: Vera Hauffe, Ph.D. student at University of Freiburg, Germany

With a majority of cases developing in childhood and adolescence, social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most common mental disorders. In the presented research project, the role of attentional processes for SAD in children and adolescents was investigated. After giving a short outline of the results and implications from the first funding phase, Vera will present the research hypotheses for the second funding phase, as well as modifications of the experiment, with emphasis on the Tobii Pro Lab software that was used in creating the research paradigm.

Think fast! Eye tracking metrics reveal insight into infants social information processing skills | Sheila Krogh-Jespersen, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor

Speaker: Sheila Krogh-Jespersen, Ph.D. and Research Assistant Professor at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

A guiding principle of my work is that precise measurement is key to understanding early growth in developmental trajectories, as well as to distinguish between normative and atypical development trajectories, and my 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 talk, I will present evidence showing the development of social competence as revealed from the combination of eye-tracking and behavioral studies.

Using eye tracking with toddlers with and without developmental disorders | Karen Pierce, Ph.D. and Professor

Speaker: Karen Pierce, Ph.D. and Professor at the University of California in San Diego, and Co-Director of the UCSD Autism Center of Excellence

In this talk, Dr. Pierce will briefly review best practice tips for conducting pediatric eye tracking research. She will also review 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. Moreover, Dr. Pierce will also review how her team is combining eye tracking data with other modalities such as brain imaging to discover unique biotypes of ASD.

Roundtable Q&A session with Maleen Thiele, Vera Hauffe, Dr. Sheila Krogh-Jespersen, and Dr. Karen Pierce

The participants had the opportunity to directly address the roundtable panelists and provide inputs and reflections on the subject matter.