Pupillometry Workshop

A two-day workshop on pupillometry and its applications in ongoing research at the University of Oslo and RITMO.

A close-up gif of an eye with blue/green eyecolor. The pupil dilates a lot so that the black center of the eye becomes much larger. This is on a loop.

Illustration image: Greyson Orlando

About the Workshop

The eye's pupil dilates when a person experiences focused attention, absorption, and cognitive arousal. For many decades, researchers have been using pupil size as an attention index in studies across domains. In this workshop, we explore how pupillometry can be applied to domains such as music psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuropsychology. We also examine pupillometry as a method and consider different options for experiment design, implementation, and data analysis.


The workshop will feature presentations by researchers from RITMO and the Department of Psychology at UiO. We will also have two guest presenters:

  • Lauren Fink, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Sebastiaan Mathôt, Dept. of Experimental Psychology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands


The workshop takes place in person at Forsamlingssalen at Harald Schjelderups Hus and Zoom.

Sign up for physical attendance here!


Talks will be available as Zoom recordings afterward and accessible here

Recordings of talks


Day 1 - Monday, 4th April 2022

09:30-10:00 Introduction & coffee

Keynote by Bruno Laeng
The meaning of the pupil

10:45-11:00 Coffee Break

Short talks

Thomas Espeseth
Is there a link between pupil size and intelligence?

Laura Bishop
Same music, different response? Mental effort in skilled and expert string quartet playing

Anne Danielsen
Microtiming and mental effort: Investigating onset asynchronies in musical rhythm

12:30-13:00 Lunch

Short talks

Connor Spiech
PredicTAPbility: Rhythmic complexity and sensorimotor effects on pupillary responses

Merve Akca
Tracing the temporal costs of auditory selective attention with pupillometry

Agata Bochynska
More mental rotation time does not imply more mental rotation effort


Coffee break


Lecture by Sebastiaan Mathôt
A guide to cognitive pupillometry: design, preprocessing, and statistical analysis

Day 2 - Tuesday, 5th April 2022

09:00-9:30 Coffee

Short talks

Tor Endestad
Combining pupillometry and fMRI: The case of imagining and playing music

Sigrid Aune de Rodez Benavent
Pupillary responses to problem-solving in early multiple sclerosis patients

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

Tutorial by Lauren Fink
Analyzing pupil time series
Lauren will present an interactive tutorial based on this preprint. Attendees are encouraged to bring their computers with MATLAB installed.

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