A practical guide to functional magnetic resonance imaging with simultaneous eye tracking for cognitive neuroimaging research

Michael Hanke*, Sebastiaan Mathôt, Eduard Ort, Norman Peitek, Jörg Stadler, Adina Wagner

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The simultaneous acquisition of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with in-scanner eye tracking promises to combine the advantages of full-brain coverage of brain activity measurements with a fast and unobtrusive capture of eye movement behavior and attentional deployment. Despite its applicability to a wide variety of research questions, ranging from investigations of gaze control and attention guidance to the use of eye movement events as a response modality for gaze-contingent fMRI experiments, only few studies employ this kind of data acquisition. In this chapter we identify technical challenges, describe all necessary components and procedures for conducting such a study, and give practical advice on how these can be integrated in a common MRI laboratory setup. The chapter concludes with notes on the analysis of such datasets and summarizes key data properties and their implications of a joint analysis of fMRI and eye tracking data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeuromethods
EditorsStefan Pollmann
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-1-4939-9947-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0893-2336
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6045


  • Eye movement event detection
  • Eye tracking
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Gaze-contingent stimulation
  • Hardware
  • Pupillometry

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