In our lab, for eyetracking studies we use the EyeLink 1000 Desktop System which includes the EyeLink EL high speed camera with desktop mount and the EyeLink 1000 Tracking Application. To run the tracking application, we use a Dell Precision 390 with an 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 CPU and 1GB of RAM. We use one of our regular data collection machines with a ViewSonic G90fb CRT monitor running at 85 Hz to display the experiments.
For non-eyetracking studies, data collection is performed by running the experiments on six Dell Optiplex 170L PCs each of which is equipped with a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 and 512 MB of RAM. We use Samsung SyncMaster 957MB S CRT monitors running at a refresh rate of 85 hertz for each of these computers. We keep these monitors at a constant brightness and contrast using a Spyder2Pro Colorimeter and calibration software. The project development system used for programming and image processing is equipped with 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 HT processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. We use 4 Cedrus RB-834 button boxes to record subject response and reaction times with millisecond accuracy.
We use the following software systems in our lab for research and experimental studies.
- Experiment Builder (by SR Research, makers of the Eyelink2 eyetracker) is used for experiment creation
- PYTHON is used for programming the data sequence generation system
- MATLAB is used for complex image processing
- JAVA is used for is used for simple image processing
- SPSS is used for statistical analysis.
We have individual study carrels for each of our subjects. We use chin rests specially designed and made for our lab to keep a constant viewing distance in our experiments. These chin rests are a revised version of the design used at Greg Zelinsky's SUNY Stonybrook lab. They have adjustable height, are comfortable for participants, and are less expensive and sturdier than most commercially sold chin rests.