Eye Tapping: How to Beat Out an Accurate Rhythm using Eye Movements

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The aim of this study was to investigate how well subjects beat out a rhythm using eye movements and to establish the most accurate method of doing this. Eighteen subjects participated in an experiment were five different methods were evaluated and a fixation based method was found to be the most accurate. All subjects were able to synchronize their eye movements with a given beat but the accuracy was much lower than usually found in finger tapping stud- ies. Many parts of the body are used to make music but so far, with a few exceptions, the eyes have been silent. The re- search presented here provides guidelines for implementing eye controlled musical interfaces. Such interfaces would en- able performers and artists to use eye movement for musical expression and would open up new, exiting possibilities.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems)
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch
EventNew interfaces for musical expression 2011 - Oslo
Duration: 2011 May 30 → …


ConferenceNew interfaces for musical expression 2011
Period2011/05/30 → …

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