ERIC Number: ED207507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Relationship Between Eye Movement and Cognitive Information Acquisition Utilizing an Unobtrusive Eye Movement Monitoring Device.
Nesbit, Larry L.
A research study was designed to test the relationship between the number of eye fixations and amount of learning as determined by a criterion referenced posttest. The study sought to answer the following questions: (1) Are differences in eye movement indices related to the posttest score? (2) Do differences in eye movement indices of subjects depend on the various types of visuals or on varying categories of intelligence? (3) Do differences in the posttest scores of subjects depend on the various types of visuals viewed or on varying categories of intelligence? Two groups of approximately 60 college freshmen and sophomores served as subjects for the study. Subjects were administered a physiology pretest and a mental ability test before they were individually shown stimulus slides using the HEL Oculometer system. Then each subject was taken to a viewing chamber and asked to watch a variety of slides and to complete a number of visual search tasks. When the subject had completed viewing these materials, s/he was taken to another room and administered the posttest. The study revealed that there was a correlation betwen the amount of learning and the number of eye fixations. Further, it was found that, although fixations were not influenced by the level of visual complexity, they were influenced by intelligence. Twenty-five references are listed. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Philadelphia, PA, April 6-10, 1981). Not available separately: see IR 009 554.