Eye and pointer coordination in search and selection tasks

Hans Joachim Bieg, Lewis L. Chuang, Roland W. Fleming, Harald Reiterer, Heinrich H. Bülthoff

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Selecting a graphical item by pointing with a computer mouse is a ubiquitous task in many graphical user interfaces. Several techniques have been suggested to facilitate this task, for instance, by reducing the required movement distance. Here we measure the natural coordination of eye and mouse pointer control across several search and selection tasks. We find that users automatically minimize the distance to likely targets in an intelligent, task dependent way. When target location is highly predictable, top-down knowledge can enable users to initiate pointer movements prior to target fixation. These findings question the utility of existing assistive pointing techniques and suggest that alternative approaches might be more effective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ETRA 2010
Subtitle of host publicationACM Symposium on Eye-Tracking Research and Applications
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventACM Symposium on Eye-Tracking Research and Applications, ETRA 2010 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: 2010 Mar 222010 Mar 24

Publication series

NameEye Tracking Research and Applications Symposium (ETRA)


OtherACM Symposium on Eye-Tracking Research and Applications, ETRA 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX


  • Eye movements
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Eye-tracking
  • Input devices
  • Multimodal interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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