Comparing eye tracking with electrooculography for measuring individual sentence comprehension duration

Jana Annina Müller, Dorothea Wendt, Birger Kollmeier, Thomas Brand

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    The aim of this study was to validate a procedure for performing the audio-visual paradigm introduced by Wendt et al. (2015) with reduced practical challenges. The original paradigm records eye fixations using an eye tracker and calculates the duration of sentence comprehension based on a bootstrap procedure. In order to reduce practical challenges, we first reduced the measurement time by evaluating a smaller measurement set with fewer trials. The results of 16 listeners showed effects comparable to those obtained when testing the original full measurement set on a different collective of listeners. Secondly, we introduced electrooculography as an alternative technique for recording eye movements. The correlation between the results of the two recording techniques (eye tracker and electrooculography) was r = 0.97, indicating that both methods are suitable for estimating the processing duration of individual participants. Similar changes in processing duration arising from sentence complexity were found using the eye tracker and the electrooculography procedure. Thirdly, the time course of eye fixations was estimated with an alternative procedure, growth curve analysis, which is more commonly used in recent studies analyzing eye tracking data. The results of the growth curve analysis were compared with the results of the bootstrap procedure. Both analysis methods show similar processing durations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere016462
    JournalP L o S One
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    © 2016 Mu¨ller et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


    • Medicine (all)
    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)
    • bootstrapping
    • comprehension
    • electrooculography
    • eye fixation
    • eye tracking
    • growth curve
    • human
    • human experiment
    • information processing


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