Category: psychology

Psychonomics 2014 – Long Beach, California

On the 20th-23rd November I attended Psychonomics for the first time. It is the largest conference I have attended and it was really interesting to see so much research in such a short space of time! Of course, the fact the conference was held in Long Beach didn’t impact on my enjoyment of the conference…

I spoke to lots of interesting people and got to catch up with US colleagues which is always fun. I definitely talked and ate too much, but it was a really good conference. I presented a poster on my research and my supervisor Dr. Denis Drieghe presented a talk on my most recent research.

It was interesting to see other people at the conference who were also doing Web Science type research, it seems that every year there is more Web related research, which is great! When I attended my first few conferences in psychology there was very little, if any, Web based research.  I hope to see even more in the future. But for now I am back in the cold UK, very jetlagged and ready to keep chipping away at my next experiment.

Presented at OPAM

Robbins, A., Hout, M. C., Godwin, H. J., Fitzsimmons, G. & Scarince, C. (2014, November). Where’s Volvo?: Visual search for automobiles and why attention is prioritized to school buses. Poster presented at the 22nd Annual Workshop on Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM), Long Beach, CA.

Presented at Psychonomics

Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M, J. & Drieghe, D. (2014, November). The Impact of Hyperlinks on Reading on the Web. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society’s 55th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Drieghe, D., Weal, M. J. & Fitzsimmons, G. (2014, November). Reading for Comprehension Versus Skim Reading on the Web: How Skim Reading Is Informed by Hyperlinks. Presented at the Psychonomic Society’s 55th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Harvey, H., Walker, R., Liversedge, S. P., Godwin, H. J. & Fitzsimmons, G. (2014, November). Psycholinguistic Processing in Reading of Dynamic Text. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society’s 55th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Hout, M. C., Godwin, H. J., Fitzsimmons, G., Robbins, A. & Menneer, T. (2014, November). Semantic and Visual Similarity Guide Visual Search for Words and Numbers. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society’s 55th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

 

Sunny Long Beach

Sunny Long Beach

Massive poster session

Massive poster session

Christmas decorations - California in November

Christmas decorations – California in November

Hollywood

Hollywood

Long Beach Convention Centre

Long Beach Convention Centre

WebSci14 – Skim Reading: An Adaptive Strategy for Reading on the Web

From the 23rd-26th June 2014 I attended the ACM Web Science 2014 conference taking place in Bloomington, Indiana. I gave a presentation on Thursday 26th June.

PAPER – Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. J. & Drieghe, D. (2014) Skim Reading: An Adaptive Strategy for Reading on the Web. In, ACM Web Science 2014, (In Press).

PRESENTATION – Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. J. & Drieghe, D. (2014) Skim Reading: An Adaptive Strategy for Reading on the Web. Presented at ACM Web Science 2014, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

 

ECEM 2013 – Lund, Sweden

European Conference on Eye Movements – ECEM 2013 in Lund, Sweden was great this year. The talks and posters were consistently interesting and I really loved Sweden. This is the first ECEM where I have seen several researchers looking at how people engage with and read hyperlinks which was really good. It was interesting to see how other people have approached the topic. I look forward to seeing more hyperlink research at the next conference!

I gave a presentation on the first steps of measuring how people read hyperlinks and I was also involved in some other projects that were presented at the conference:

Fitzsimmons, G. & Drieghe, D. (2013, August). Measuring the Impact of Hyperlinks on Reading. Presented at the European Conference on Eye Movements, Lund, Sweden.

Drieghe, D., Fitzsimmons, G. & Liversedge, S.P. (2013, August). Parafoveal Preview Effects In Reading Unspaced English Text. Presented at the European Conference on Eye Movements, Lund, Sweden.

Bertram, R., Fitzsimmons, G., Drieghe, D. & Kuperman, V. (2013, August). Why spaces should be replaced by hyphens in English compounds. Poster presented at the European Conference on Eye Movements, Lund, Sweden.

Yes, the conference took place in a castle.

Web Science 2013 – Paris, France

From the 1st-5th May I attending ACM Web Science 2013 in Paris, France and presented a poster on my paper.

PAPER – Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. & Drieghe, D. (2013) On Measuring the Impact of Hyperlinks on Reading. In, ACM Web Science 2013, (In Press).

POSTER – Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. & Drieghe, D. (2013, May). On Measuring the Impact of Hyperlinks on Reading. Poster presented at ACM Web Science 2013, Paris, France.

On Measuring the Impact of Hyperlinks on Reading

From the 7th to the 8th February 2012 I attended an Industry Forum for Web Science in Southampton. I am presented a poster on reading hyperlinks on the Web and using the methodology of eye tracking to measure the impact of hyperlinks on reading. Below is a link to a pdf of the poster.

Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. & Drieghe, D. (2013, February). On Measuring the Impact of Hyperlinks on Reading. Poster presented at the Industry Forum for Web Science, Southampton.

How Fast can Predictability influence Word Skipping during Reading

My paper on predictability and word skipping has now been accepted for publication to JEP:LMC! The data from this experiment was also presented as a poster at ECEM 2011.

Fitzsimmons, G., & Drieghe, D. (in press). How Fast can Predictability influence Word Skipping during ReadingJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

A link will be made available on my publications page when the paper is available online.

How Fast can Predictability influence Word Skipping during Reading? ECEM Poster 2011 Marseille

From the 21st to the 25th August 2011 I am attending the European Conference on Eye Movements in Marseille. I am presenting a poster on the topic of word skipping and predictability. Below is a link to a pdf of the poster.

PDF –  How Fast can Predictability influence Word Skipping during Reading?

Fitzsimmons, G. & Drieghe, D. (2011, August). How Fast can Predictability influence Word Skipping during Reading? Poster presented at the European Conference on Eye Movements, Marseille, France.

The Influence of Number of Syllables on Word Skipping During Reading.

Today I have seen the paper copy of my first publication. It may have had slight administrative hiccups (i.e. published missing the abstract *facepalm*), but it’s still a nice thing to see! I have page numbers and everything! I’m easily pleased.

Fitzsimmons, G., & Drieghe, D. (2011). The Influence of Number of Syllables on Word Skipping During Reading. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 736-741.

Very early on Saturday morning I will be making my way to Marseille for the European Conference on Eye Movements. My first time abroad and my first poster, scary stuff. As long as I don’t miss the plane or lose my poster I will count it as a successful trip.

A scheduled post is set to become live on Tuesday 23rd August (the day of my poster) and it will include the reference and a link to a PDF of the poster. That blog post will also be linked from the poster in the form of a rather geeky QR code. It had to be done!

How to Turn on, Set Up and Run an Experiment on the Eyelink 1000

Document for download —> How to Eyelink 1000

Text from document below.

 

How to : Turn on, set up and run an experiment on the Eyelink eyetracker

 

Turn it on.

 

Turn on power to plug sockets.

 

Press On buttons on the host and the display PC and wait for them to load.

 

On Host PC type D and Enter.

 

On Display PC click on the Eyelink username.

 

Both should now be loaded and ready to run the experiment.

 

Load experiment

 

Transfer experiment to Display PC, or locate it on the hard drive.

 

You will want to run the deployed version of your experiment; this is normally the icon of a large blue eye. Just double click it to run the experiment.

 

Check camera focus and light levels

 

The Camera Setup will be a blank screen on the Display PC to begin with.

 

Press Enter to see the participant’s eye on the screen.

 

Press the Right arrow key to zoom in on the eye

 

From this screen you can see if the lens needs to be focused, you do this by gently turning the top edge of the camera lens, do not touch the actual lens, only the sides. The lens is focused when the image is crisp and you can make out the eyelashes clearly.

 

Once focused you can press A on the keyboard to auto adjust the light levels.

 

Now get the participant to look at the four corners of the screen and make sure the tracker has there pupil while they look at all four corners. If this is fine you can move onto calibration. If it is not fine then reposition the participant and the camera again from the beginning and try again.

 

Calibrate

 

To calibrate a participant press C on the keyboard, or click on Calibrate under Camera Setup on the Host PC.

 

Dependent on your calibration type you will see a dot on the display PC either in the centre or at the edge.

 

For the calibration you need to ask the participant to look at the first dot and then look at each dot as they appear.

 

Press the Spacebar to begin calibration, the dots will appear and disappear and on the Host PC you will see crosses indicating the dot fixations.

 

If it looks ok you can accept the calibration by either pressing Enter on the keyboard or Accept on the Host PC screen.

 

Validate

 

Now you can validate the calibration either by pressing V or by pressing Validate on the Host PC under Camera Setup.

 

A similar thing will happen as in the calibration, dots will appear which the participant has to follow. You will see on the Host PC screen that there are number next to each fixation which tells you the quality of the calibration, the error of the visual angle. Dependent on your type of study you will need to know the tolerance of this (*see below). If this looks ok you can accept the validation either by pressing Enter or Accept on the Host PC.

 

Your participant is now calibrated and ready to take part in the experiment.

 

Start Experiment

 

To start either press O or Output/Record on the host PC.

 

*Dependent on your type of study you will need to know the tolerance of your calibration, the error of the visual angle. You want to be sure that what the eye tracker is recording is what your participant is actually looking at. For most visual search studies this will be 0.5 (half a visual angle), but for reading boundary experiments you may want closer to 0.33(1/3 of a visual angle). This is because 1 visual angle is normally 3 characters on the screen and you want to be able to distinguish between each character accurately.

 

 


New job starts tomorrow!

New job starts tomorrow working for Dr. Drieghe! Can’t wait to find out what I’ll be doing. Although I expect I will spend the morning harassing the uni computing people about installing the software I need. 48 hours of emails and all I’ve got is a question asking what system I’m running, after I’ve already given them the reference no. of the computer that belongs to them. Strange, crazy people…I shall be nagging tomorrow using my formal English voice that I get out for special complaining occasions.

Still tomorrow should be fun! :)