eye think lab

self reflection
In the Fall of 2011 we began an exciting collaboration with the London Science Museum and the Lotto lab, supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust.

In our eye tracking experiment, people look at videos or still pictures of other people who have visited to the museum. At some point, a picture of themselves appears. We are comparing how they look at other people with how they look at themselves.

In a smaller scale pilot experiment, we found that the way that people look at their own face reveals aspects of their mood and personality. At the museum, we hope to experiment on a large number of people of different ages and nationalities, to investigate this link between how people feel about themselves and how they look at the world. Eventually, we hope to use these experiments to help people who are prone to depression and anxiety, or those who have trouble understanding the thoughts and feelings of others, such as people with autism spectrum disorder.

Data analysis is currently underway. As soon as we have the results, they will be available on this webpage. Meanwhile you can look at our recent poster describing some preliminary findings that we presented at the SPSP conference in January 2013
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photo by yoos
While we wait for the full results to come in, we would love to hear from you. When you see yourself in the mirror in the morning, where do you look? Does it depend upon how you feel? If you were a participant in the London Science Museum experiment, what was your experience of seeing yourself on screen?