iCatcher: A neural network approach for automated coding of young children's eye movements

Yotam Erel, Christine E. Potter, Sagi Jaffe-Dax, Casey Lew-Williams, Amit H. Bermano

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Infants' looking behaviors are often used for measuring attention, real-time processing, and learning—often using low-resolution videos. Despite the ubiquity of gaze-related methods in developmental science, current analysis techniques usually involve laborious post hoc coding, imprecise real-time coding, or expensive eye trackers that may increase data loss and require a calibration phase. As an alternative, we propose using computer vision methods to perform automatic gaze estimation from low-resolution videos. At the core of our approach is a neural network that classifies gaze directions in real time. We compared our method, called iCatcher, to manually annotated videos from a prior study in which infants looked at one of two pictures on a screen. We demonstrated that the accuracy of iCatcher approximates that of human annotators and that it replicates the prior study's results. Our method is publicly available as an open-source repository at https://github.com/yoterel/iCatcher.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)765-779
Number of pages15
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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