20 Books to help you unlock Eye tracking technology

Eye tracking technology is currently used in several fields such as game development, web design as well as in the medical industry to study various neurological and psychiatric conditions, and in many more. As eye tracking is growing quickly in popularity, knowledge about it has become more accessible than ever, creating a vast ocean of information.

The following books are sure to give you a thorough understanding of the technology and how we process visual information. If you are also looking for a quick but complete introduction to eye tracking download our free eye tracking pocket guide.

Note: the books are not ranked in any way.

1. Eye Tracking: A Comprehensive Guide to Methods and Measures

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Authors: Kenneth Holmqvist, Marcus Nystrom, Richard Andersson, Richard Dewhurst, Halszka Jarodzka & Joost van de Weijer

An essential reference book covering the eye tracking methodology, describing how to evaluate an eye tracker, how to plan an eye tracking study and record and analyse the required data. The book includes both technical details and theory as well as the practicality of how raw data samples are converted into fixations and saccades. Using AOIs, heat maps and scanpaths the book also shows how different representations of eye movement data are calculated.

2. Eye Tracking the User Experience: A Practical Guide to Research

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Author: Aga Bojko

The book introduces complex questions regarding eye tracking in an accessible format, targeting especially UX practitioners and a professional audience planning to use eye tracking in user experience evaluations. Offering step-by-step advice on how to plan, prepare and conduct eye tracking studies, the book explains how to analyze and interpret eye movement data and how to successfully communicate eye tracking findings.

3. Eye Tracking Methodology: Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition

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Author: Andrew T. Duchowski

The book is a comprehensive introduction on how to develop and use eye trackers. The second edition includes a technical description of the newest eye tracking technology, a new section describing experimental methodology including experimental design, empirical guidelines, five case studies as well as survey material regarding recent research publications.

4. Eye Tracking in User Experience Design

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Editors: Jennifer Romano Bergstrom & Andrew Schall

The book combines knowledge and experience of 10 leading experts in eye tracking and how they have used the new technology to understand and evaluate user experience. Examples from the experts include their implementation of the technology in the design and development of products from information websites to immersive games as well as recent advances in tracking user interaction with mobile devices and large-screen displays.

5. Eyetracking Web Usability

Eyetracking web usability

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Authors: Jakob Nielsen & Kara Pernice

Through usability methodology and eye tracking technology like eye gaze plots and heat maps, the authors have analyzed 1.5 million instances where users look at websites to understand the human eyes’ interaction with design. The result of the 3 year study reveals important user behavior and advice for page layout, navigation menus, site elements, advertising and image selection.

6. Eye Movements: A Window on Mind and Brain


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Editor: Roger PG van Gompel

The book gives its readers a comprehensive overview of eye-movement research from many different disciplines. Sections include the history of eye-movement research, physiological and clinical studies of eye movements, transsaccadic integration, spoken language processing, computational modelling of eye movements, attention and scene perception as well as eye movements in natural environments.

7. Passive Eye Monitoring: Algorithms, Applications and Experiments (Signals and Communication Technology)


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Editor: Riad I. Hammoud

Serving as a practical reference, the book provides a comprehensive coverage of both theory and practice of passive eye tracking technology, describing vision algorithms, Human Factors methodologies and hardware along with real-time measurements, user calibration and feedback. The book also contains examples of successful usage of eye tracking in various fields such as automotive, military, medicine and marketing.

8. Eye Gaze in Intelligent User Interfaces: Gaze-based Analyses, Models and Applications

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Editors: Yukiko Nakano, Cristina Conati & Thomas Bader

The book not only examines the understanding of eye-gaze in human-computer interaction, but also reveals characteristics in human-human communication and cognition – for instance to interpret the user’s intentions and their understanding of the conversation. Furthermore, the book presents proposals of novel gaze-aware interfaces integrating eye trackers as a system component.

9. Current Trends in Eye Tracking Research

Current trends in eyetracking research

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Editors: Mike Horsley (Editor), Matt Eliot (Editor), Bruce Allen Knight (Editor), Ronan Reilly

The book presents the work of over 50 researchers and academics with groundbreaking studies and innovative ways of applying eye tracking technologies to various research problems. The book also explores the current findings of several pioneering research laboratories, including eye tracking and the visual system, alignment and EEG data, marketing and social applications and eye tracking in education.

10. Active Vision: The Psychology of Looking and Seeing

Active Vision: The Psychology of Looking and Seeing

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Authors: John M. Findlay & Iain D. Gilchrist

Written by two leading vision scientists, the book focuses on vision as an “active” process to provide an integrated account of seeing and looking – an important aspect since more than one-third of the human brain is devoted to the processes of seeing. The book is mainly aimed towards vision researchers and psychology students.

11. Eye Tracking in Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism: A Research Synthesis and Methodological Guide

Eye Tracking in Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism

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Author: Aline Godfroid
This book provides foundational knowledge and some advice for designing, conducting, and analysing eye-tracking research in applied linguistics, introducing the reader to fundamental facts about eye movements, eye-tracking paradigms for language scientists, data analysis, and the practicalities of building a lab.

12. Eye Tracking: A Guide for Applied Linguistics Research

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Authors: Kathy Conklin, Ana Pellicer-Sánchez & Gareth Carrol

This book provides a straightforward introduction to the ET technology and how it might be used in language research. It is focused on the practicalities of designing eye-tracking studies that achieve the standard of other well-established experimental techniques. It also provides valuable information about building and designing studies, talking about common challenges and problems, as well as solutions, and describing the use of ET in a wide variety of applied contexts.

13. Gaze Interaction and Applications of Eye Tracking: Advances in Assistive Technologies

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Authors: Päivi Majaranta, Hirotaka Aoki, Mick Donegan, Dan Witzner Hansen, John Paulin Hansen, Aulikki Hyrskykari & Kari-Jouko Räihä

The book focuses on interactive communication and control tools based on gaze tracking, including eye typing, computer control, and gaming, with special attention to assistive technologies. For researchers and practitioners interested in the applied use of gaze tracking, the book offers instructions for building a basic eye tracker from off-the-shelf components, gives practical hints on building interactive applications, presents smooth and efficient interaction techniques, and summarizes the results of effective research on cutting edge gaze interaction applications.

14. Eye Tracking and Visualizations: Foundations, Techniques and Applications

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Authors: Michael Burch, Lewis Chuang & Brian Fisher, Albrecht Schmidt, Daniel Weiskopf

This book discusses research, methods, and recent developments in the interdisciplinary field that spans research in visualization, eye tracking, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Topics include visualization and visual analytics of eye-tracking data, metrics and cognitive models, eye-tracking experiments in the context of visualization interfaces, and eye tracking in 3D and immersive environments.

15. Eye Tracking and Multidisciplinary Studies on Translation

Eye Tracking and Multidisciplinary Studies on Translation Book

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Authors: Callum Walker & Federico M. Federici

This book provides an insightful cross-section of the state of the art in this multidisciplinary field. Showcasing practical methods and approaches to conduct ambitious, experimental studies. It is divided into three key areas – ‘Method’, ‘Process’ and ‘Product’ – and it presents some of the most up-to-date eye-tracking methods and results in Translation Studies, including experiment design, statistical and analytical approaches, the translation process, audience and reader response, and audiovisual translation.

16. Eye Tracking in Tourism

Eye Tracking in Tourism

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Authors: Mattia Rainoldi & Mario Jooss

Despite the ever-increasing interest in ET, there is still no comprehensive work on the potential and applications of table-mounted and mobile head-mounted ET solutions in travel and tourism. This volume bridges that gap, linking eye tracking with travel and tourism, presenting novel academic contributions and practice-oriented case studies that illustrate the use and strategic value of eye tracking in travel and tourism.

17. Eye Tracking Technology Applications in Educational Research

eye tracking in educational research

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Authors: Christopher Was, Frank Sansosti & Bradley Morris

This book enriches the current pool of educational research with cutting-edge applications of eye tracking in education. It collects a diverse group of researchers exploring all aspects of this technology as an essential reference for educators, researchers, administrators, and advanced graduate students.

18. Cognitively Inspired Natural Language Processing: An Investigation Based on Eye Tracking

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Authors: Abhijit Mishra & Pushpak Bhattacharyya

This book shows ways of augmenting the capabilities of Natural Language Processing (NLP) systems by means of cognitive-mode language processing. The authors employ eye-tracking technology to record and analyze shallow cognitive information in the form of gaze patterns of readers/annotators who perform language processing tasks.

19. Eye-Tracking Processes and Styles in Sight Translation

Eye-Tracking Processes and Styles in Sight Translation

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Author: Wenchao Su

This book presents new research on sight translation using cutting-edge eye-tracking technology. It covers various aspects of sight translation processes of both novice and professional interpreters, such as their textual processing behaviors, problem-solving patterns and reading-speech coordination. By focusing on the features of their gaze behaviors, the book describes the interpreters’ processing behaviors and categorizes them into different processing styles.

20. Eye-Tracking in Interaction: Studies on the Role of Eye Gaze in Dialogue


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Authors: Geert Brône & Bert Oben

This volume presents a state-of-the-art of current research on the role of eye gaze in different types of interaction, including human-human and human-computer interaction. Approaching the phenomenon from different disciplinary and methodological angles, the chapters in the volume are united through a shared technological approach, viz. the use of eye-tracking technology for measuring speakers’ and hearers’ eye gaze patterns while engaged in interaction.

We hope you have found some great inspiration and will be filling your head with knowledge. If you are still thirsty for more insights into the world of Eye Tracking, feel free to check out our free Eye Tracking pocket guide, to take your insights to the next level.

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