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Eyetracking Research in Comparative Cognitive Science

Eyetracking Research in Comparative Cognitive Science

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Published by Tobii Technology AB
Tobii eye trackers can track animals too!

This is a case study on Chimp research from Kyoto in Japan.
Tobii eye trackers can track animals too!

This is a case study on Chimp research from Kyoto in Japan.

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Published by: Tobii Technology AB on Jan 27, 2009
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


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Ee tracki is used as a metodi comparative coitive sciece to uderstad temid o aimals oter tauma beis.Te Primate Researc Istituteat Koto Uiversit successulluses Tobii Ee Trackers iresearc o cimpazees.
The Primate Research Institute at KyotoUniversity conducts research to understandthe minds o chimpanzees rom the stand-point o comparative cognitive science andto clariy aspects o the developmentaltrajectories o the chimpanzee mind.The research is quite closely connected withhuman developmental studies, and theextensive use o Tobii Eye Trackers ininant research was what frst caughtDr. Tomonaga’s interest in eye tracking.Dr. Tomonaga and the team had the Tobii eyetracker set up and tested and were surprisedand amazed at how well it worked on thechimpanzee. Now they are conductingseveral studies, which include eye tracking.Access to inormation such as lookingbehavior, duration, ocus points, etc., inthese areas provide drastic changes in greatape cognition studies.
“We had so many things we wanted to know! By introducing eye track-ing, the team can even search for, and identify, “unknown” questions tobe addressed in addition to those already known, which will be a great contribution to the research.” 
 Associate Proessor Dr. Masaki TomoaaPrimate Researc Istitute, Koto Uiversit
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A chimpanzee is being eye tracked at a researchstation, while perorming a task.Scan path o chimpanzee. Scan path o human.
Stud sessios
The team invites the chimpanzees toparticipate in study sessions in the morningat 9 and in the aternoon at 2. The duration oeach session is about 10 to 15 minutes.Participation is voluntary and depends onthe individual’s wish to cooperate on thatday.The institute has 6 research cells or theprojects and the studies are conducted withtwo chimpanzees in each study cell. Eachcell has two workstations and the chimpan-zees are occupied with their respective task.One o the tasks may include eye tracking.During the task they get rewarded with smallpieces o cut ruit or each correct actioncarried out. Ater a while they take turns andswitch tasks.
Prelimiar fdis
The research team is still in the phase ocollecting preliminary data on how thechimpanzees scan still images o humans,chimpanzees and other animals. Above andbelow are typical examples o scan paths bychimpanzees and humans, superimposedon pictures o chimpanzees, humans and
Researc questios
Questions that the team are interested inresearching are, or example; how chimpan-zees look at inormational areas versus back-grounds, how they scan the aces, torso,legs, genitals, etc. o humans, chimpanzeesand other animals, and how they scan aceswith dierent expressions on humans,chimpanzees and other animals.They not only study dierences betweenhuman eye gaze and chimpanzee eye gazebut also individual characteristics among thechimpanzees.

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