Eye-tracking experiment

One of our students had a major issue with the eye-tracking data he's been working on. The upshot is that the result data got irretrievably disassociated from the stimulus, and since it was properly randomised, this is "problematic". We need to find a lot of new subjects in a short space of time.

So… if you're a native speaker of English in the Houston area and you want to be paid for staring at a screen for about 20 minutes, please email Dave Katten asap (his last name @rice.edu is his email address). 

This reminds me that I meant to post about my experience as an eye-tracking subject, since it also contains a cautionary tale. You're no doubt familiar with the studies where spiders are given various drugs and the effects on their web spinning are studied. (If you want to know how much caffeine to give your own pet arachnid, here's some information.) Well, my appointment for being experimented on was 8:00 am, and I arrived coffee in hand (and half drunk)* to do a few experiments. Bad idea. Even calibrating the eye-tracker took about 15 minutes because I kept anticipating the moving dot, my eyes were all over the screen and that produced distorted data. So be warned!

I_j arrived coffee_i in hand (and half drunk_i/*j)


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