Eye-Tracking Reading Study

Study Description:

This is a research study examining ESL learners’ reading behavior while reading an English text.


You are invited to participate in a study in which you read text while your eye movements are recorded, and then engage in activities that demonstrate what you learned about what you read. You will also complete a short questionnaire that asks you a few demographic questions and questions about your language background and use.

In addition, we ask you to avoid wearing bifocal or dark-colored glasses, and that you not wear heavy eye make-up; these can interfere with eye-tracking.

The experiment is anticipated to take no more than 1 hour.

Participant Eligibility:

To participate in this study, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Current U of A student whose native language is either Chinese, Japanese or Korean

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Not having lived abroad for more than 6 months before the age of 18

  • Not having astigmatism

Participation in this study is voluntary. Your identity as a participant will remain anonymous during and after the study. You will be assigned a participant code; a list containing links between participant codes and names will be encrypted and kept in Box@UA until the experiment is complete (at which time it will be deleted).


You will be paid $20 to complete the study. Note: It is possible that you may be excluded from participation if there are eye-tracking calibration issues (this does not happen very often), and if this is the case, you will receive $5.


 You can schedule your experiment at:

If you would like to participate (or have questions about the study), please contact the researcher:


An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

Updated: 10/07/22