Behavior Research Methods & Instrumentation

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 498–502

Eye blink elicitation and measurement in the human infant

  • Roger R. Marsh
  • Howard S. Hoffman
  • Christopher L. Stitt
Instrumentation & Techniques

DOI: 10.3758/BF03201364

Cite this article as:
Marsh, R.R., Hoffman, H.S. & Stitt, C.L. Behavior Research Methods & Instrumentation (1979) 11: 498. doi:10.3758/BF03201364


Eye blinks elicited by a mechanically produced tap to the glabella (the flattened area between the eyebrows) are monitored by a device that projects low-intensity infrared light, which is reflected from the eyelid and detected by a phototransistor. Appropriate filtering and decoding circuitry insures reliable tracking of responses. Comparison of the optical eye blink monitor with a minitorque potentiometer monitor showed the two devices to yield similar recordings.

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger R. Marsh
    • 1
  • Howard S. Hoffman
    • 2
  • Christopher L. Stitt
    • 3
  1. 1.Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia
  2. 2.Bryn Mawr CollegeBryn Mawr
  3. 3.Department of Industrial Relations and Organizational BehaviorTemple UniversityPhiladelphia