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Polish Eye Tracking Conference cancelled due to Covid-19
2020-05-27

Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, we will not be able to host The Polish Eye Tracking Conference in 2020. 

We have not taken this decision lightly, but the health of our customers, partners and team is of paramount importance. 

Due to the continued disruption to travel and large gatherings, we will not be able to host an event of the quality that our attendees have come to expect from us this year.

As such, the next Polish Eye Tracking Conference will now take place in 2021. 

deadline for abstracts extended to May 31, 2020
2020-05-05

Dear Sir or Madam,
we realize that in these uncertain times it was difficult to make the decision to attend the conference in September.
We are extending the deadline for submitting abstracts until the end of May. We hope that by that time you will be able to better estimate your participation and we will still have enough time to evaluate the abstracts.
on behalf of the organizing committee,
with regards,
Bibianna Bałaj

Eye-fixation-related potentials during free viewing of scenes
2020-02-06

Jaana Simola will give her speech about: Eye-fixation-related potentials during free viewing of scenes

 

The scene regions selected for fixation depend on saliency of the scene elements as well as on viewers? behavioral tasks or goals. What we fixate, in turn, influences the electrophysiological correlates of brain activity. Previous studies that have recorded event-related potentials (ERPs) have largely ignored the local influences of fixated regions on the ERP responses. The responses are typically time-locked to scene onset, which makes it hard to disentangle how the information extracted from individual fixations contributes to the response. Co-registration of eye movements and electroencephalography (EEG) provides an efficient tool to investigate attention processes under free viewing. Time-locking the neural responses to eye movement events has several important advantages as eye movements are part of our attentional system and largely determine which information is entering the visual system. Eye movements constitute natural markers to segment the ongoing neural activity. Analysis of eye-fixation-related potentials (EFRPs) allows for investigation of neural activity during self-paced perceptual and cognitive behavior and provides high temporal resolution to investigate the time course of these processes as they unfold during free viewing. Previous research measuring the EFRPs indicate that visual low-level features as well as higher level semantic and emotional content of the local scene regions have an impact on the neural responses. Together these findings highlight the importance of taking local variation in scene characteristics into account in the analysis of neural activity during scene perception.

Important dates:
2020-01-30

Deadline for submitting sessions to the conference: March 25, 2020

Deadline for submitting abstracts: April 25, 2020

 

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and the abstract book published by Journal of Eye Movement Research

 

ABSTRACT ASSESSMENT: up to May 25, 2020

Closing of the online registration: August 25, 2020



Invited conference speaker
2020-01-29

We already have the first title and abstract from the invited speaker.

Dr. Roy S. Hessels from Utreht University will tell us about

 

Eye tracking in developmental psychology – the good, the bad, the ugly

 

Eye tracking is a popular research tool in developmental psychology for studying the development of perceptual and cognitive processes. However, eye tracking in the context of development is also challenging. For one, young children cannot be instructed to behave to the experimenter's wishes. Importantly, the quality of eye-tracking data obtained in developmental research is often low compared with the quality of eye-tracking data obtained in adult research. If the analysis tools used are susceptible to differences in data quality, invalid conclusions may be drawn about child development, particularly at the individual level. Unfortunately, many analysis tools in e.g. manufacturer software fall into this category, potentially impacting developmental research across the globe. Clearly, this is an undesirable situation.

       In this talk, I will go into the potential of eye tracking to further the understanding of infant perception and cognition (the good), how variable data quality may lead to invalid conclusions about child development (the bad), and how some of the problems may be ameliorated through custom eye-tracking setups and analysis tools (the ugly). In doing so, I use examples from the YOUth cohort study at Utrecht University investigating development of 6000 children.


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