Eye-Tracking Lab

Our location: The Howie Wing S6 (Psychology)
Manager: A/Prof Amy Lykins

Welcome to UNE Psychology's eye-tracking lab! We have a state-of-the-art Applied Science Laboratories D6 eye-tracker, complete with Gazetracker 9.0 presentation and analysis software. Completed projects in the lab include how visual attention to different sizes of models relates to body image, how psychopathology is associated with visual attention to emotion-inducing images, how sexual orientation directs attention to nude male and female models, how sexual inhibition and sexual excitation directs attention to explicit vs. non-explicit erotic images, and how cognitive dissonance related to the “meat paradox” is associated with attention to different types animals.

What is eye-tracking?

Eye-tracking is a cognitive methodology that records and analyses visual attention and processing to different types of stimuli presenting on a computer (see short video clip below). These data can tell us what attracts people's attention and what doesn't, what people want to avoid looking at, and how people problem-solve tasks (including decision-making and declarative memory). The D6 eye-tracker is easy to use, and the Gazetracker software we have allows for presentation and analysis of static images, video, and Internet websites, so the possibilities are endless!

Our research

Future projects involve further studies on:

  • sexual orientation
  • sexual decision-making
  • meat paradox
  • topics in environmental psychology, climate change, and natural hazards

Please contact A/Prof Lykins if you are interested in working on these projects, or if you have other ideas for possible collaborations.

Amy D. Lykins PhD
Email: alykins@une.edu.au
Phone: +61 (2) 6773 5014