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Visual interaction with today's world

Visual interaction with today's world

  • Date03 February 2023

Current research at Royal Holloway is helping us learn more about the connections between our eyes and our mental state.


Dr Szonya Durant (right)

For most of human history if you wanted to know what was going on behind someone’s eyes you had to make your best guess. But now scientists have been studying the way eye movements may help decode people’s thoughts, using advances in eye tracking technology.

In her recent article in The Conversation Dr Szonya Durant gives an overview of the neuroscience behind eye movements and how they might be used to track thought processes.  She discusses her own work developing attention aware computers. 

Measuring eye movements along with other ways of measuring the activity of the brain forms the hands-on component of the MSc Applied Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology, directed by Dr Durant.

As a student you'll enjoy taking part in experiments with eye tracking and other neuroscience based equipment, often with industry involved and also with other disciplines. It's an exciting time to be involved, and at Royal Holloway we use cutting-edge equipment in teaching from mobile eye tracking to virtual reality.

– find out more here.

The Conversation Article: Eye movement science is helping us learn how we think (click external link)

MSc Applied Neuroscience



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