Combination of Eye Tracking and Think-Aloud Methods in Engineering Design Research

  • Anne Ruckpaul
  • Thomas Fürstenhöfer
  • Sven Matthiesen
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-14956-1_5

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Ruckpaul A., Fürstenhöfer T., Matthiesen S. (2015) Combination of Eye Tracking and Think-Aloud Methods in Engineering Design Research. In: Gero J., Hanna S. (eds) Design Computing and Cognition '14. Springer, Cham

Abstract

In order to understand the engineers’ behavior while designing it needs to be revealed how the designer perceives function-shape-relations of a technical system. Eye tracking is a adequate method to observe the proceedings of the human analyzing technical systems. However, further information for concluding on the designer’s perception is needed. Well-established methods in order to elicit further implicit and tacit knowledge are think aloud approaches. The combination think-aloud and eye tracking is not yet observed in detail; especially how think-aloud influences the eye movements and which additional data is gained in the context of engineering design research. This paper presents an eye tracking study, which compares two think-aloud methods, concurrent and retrospective think-aloud, in combination with eye tracking. The results show no significant influence on the eye movements. However, the two think-aloud approaches generate differing contents of verbalizations and complement the recorded gaze data with different scopes.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Ruckpaul
    • 1
  • Thomas Fürstenhöfer
    • 1
  • Sven Matthiesen
    • 1
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany