Research to benefit from new eye-tracking devices

The Caring Futures Institute will have access to screen based and wearable eye-tracking devices, thanks to Flinders University’s Research Infrastructure Support Scheme.

One of the Institute’s research leads Professor Julie Ratcliffe was awarded close to $187,000 for the eye tracking devices through Flinders’ Research Infrastructure Funding Scheme, a component of the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Investment Plan.

The technology is made by Swedish high-tech company Tobbii Pro, which develops eye control and eye tracking products that allow businesses and researchers to gain insights into human behaviour.

The eye tracking equipment will support a variety of research activities across the Caring Futures Institute. Research programmes underway which will benefit significantly from the acquisition of this new technology include:

  • Information processes adopted by people with cognitive/intellectual impairment and dementia in eliciting their preferences for quality of life and quality of care for informing decision-making and economic evaluation (Professor Ratcliffe and Health and Social Care Economics team)
  • Reaction times and the accuracy of eye movements to the peripheral target in people with acquired brain injury (Associate Professor Belinda Lange and the Digital Technologies team)
  • Visual search mechanisms and crowding in adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorder using visual search paradigms and motion detection (Dr Paul Constable and the Optometry and Vision Science team)
  • Completing on-road assessments to assess driving ability and as part of ongoing rehabilitation to facilitate a return to driving for stroke survivors and extensions other vulnerable populations e.g. frail older people and people recovering from traumatic brain injuries. (Associate Professors Stacey George and Chris Barr, Occupational Therapy and Physical Rehabilitation team).
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