The Visual Perception Laboratory in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at RIT aims to further the understanding of high-level visual perception; how humans extract information from images and the environment, and how that information is used in decision-making and to guide actions.

To support this study, the Visual Perception Lab is equipped with a range of eyetracking instrumentation to record and analyze eye movements; including the Applied Science Laboratories Series 5000 (a head-mounted eyetracker that can monitor eye movements at rates up to 240 Hz) and the Series 504 remote eyetracker that can monitor eye movements from a distance of up to one meter. Stimuli can be presented on a number of displays, ranging from 17" CRTs to a 50" plasma display.

To extend the study of high-level visual perception beyond the laboratory into the real world, the Visual Perception Laboratory has developed unique instrumentation that measures and records the eye movements without restricting observers' movement. Centered on custom-built headgear that integrates illumination & imaging optics, video instrumentation, and a LASER calibration system, the RIT Wearable Eyetracker is a self-contained system that monitors and records eye movements of mobile observers. The current system was designed and built by Jason Babcock, Research Scientist at the Visual Perception Lab.