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What Can Eye-Trackers Visualize?--An Approach to Capture the Reality of Search Processes

Makiko Miwa, Sanda Erdelez, Haakon Lund, and Jacek Gwizdka

(Submission #24)


We consider eye-trackers have widely been used to identify whether user-interface fit with searchersí cognitive style, but not often used to examine the search processes yet. We have been using eye-tracker to capture information search processes on the web and attained an understanding of information search processes as cognitive processes with length and depth. We think the further application of eye-tracker should be useful in identifying various aspects of information search processes. In the past, eye-trackers have been quite expensive tool which required extensive technical skills. Recently, however, less-expensive and easy to use eye-trackers become available. With such trends, we need to have some opportunity to gather together and compare and contrast various research methods, findings, and implications of applying eye-tracker on information behaviour research particularly on the web search processes, in order to develop a firm foundation for prosperity of future research. We would like to invite those researchers who have been conducting a variety of information seeking research using eye-trackers from all over the globe.


SIG SPONSORSHIP?: Information Needs, Seeking and Use (USE)

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