Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 710–717 | Cite as

Eye—response lags during a continuous monitoring task

  • Christina J. Howard
  • Tom Troscianko
  • Iain D. Gilchrist
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We measured the temporal relationship between eye movements and manual responses while experts and novices watched a videotaped football match. Observers used a joystick to continuously indicate the likelihood of an imminent goal. We measured correlations between manual responses and between-subjects variability in eye position. To identify the lag magnitude, we repeated these correlations over a range of possible delays between these two measures and searched for the most negative correlation coefficient. We found lags in the order of 2 sec and an effect of expertise on lag magnitude, suggesting that expertise has its effect by directing eye movements to task-relevant areas of a scene more quickly, facilitating a longer processing duration before behavioral decisions are made. This is a powerful new method for examining the eye movement behavior of multiple observers across complex moving images.


Manual Response Perceptual Load Football Match Video Stimulus Relative Expert 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina J. Howard
    • 1
  • Tom Troscianko
    • 1
  • Iain D. Gilchrist
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Experimental PsychologyUniversity of BristolBristolEngland

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