Mouse-tracking recording techniques are becoming very attractive in experimental psychology. They provide an effective means of enhancing the measurement of some real-time cognitive processes involved in categorization, decision-making, and lexical decision tasks. Mouse-tracking data are commonly analyzed using a two-step procedure which first summarizes individuals' hand trajectories with independent measures, and then applies standard statistical models on them. However, this approach can be problematic in many cases. In particular, it does not provide a direct way to capitalize the richness of hand movement variability within a consistent and unified representation. In this article we present a novel, unified framework for mouse-tracking data. Unlike standard approaches to mouse-tracking, our proposal uses stochastic state-space modeling to represent the observed trajectories in terms of both individual movement dynamics and experimental variables. The model is estimated via a Metropolis-Hastings algorithm coupled with a non-linear recursive filter. The characteristics and potentials of the proposed approach are illustrated using a lexical decision case study. The results highlighted how dynamic modeling of mouse-tracking data can considerably improve the analysis of mouse-tracking tasks and the conclusions researchers can draw from them.

A state space approach to dynamic modeling of mouse-tracking data / Calcagni, A.; Lombardi, L.; D'Alessandro, M.; Freuli, F.. - In: FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1664-1078. - 10:(2019), p. 2716. [10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02716]

A state space approach to dynamic modeling of mouse-tracking data

Lombardi L.;D'Alessandro M.;Freuli F.
2019

Abstract

Mouse-tracking recording techniques are becoming very attractive in experimental psychology. They provide an effective means of enhancing the measurement of some real-time cognitive processes involved in categorization, decision-making, and lexical decision tasks. Mouse-tracking data are commonly analyzed using a two-step procedure which first summarizes individuals' hand trajectories with independent measures, and then applies standard statistical models on them. However, this approach can be problematic in many cases. In particular, it does not provide a direct way to capitalize the richness of hand movement variability within a consistent and unified representation. In this article we present a novel, unified framework for mouse-tracking data. Unlike standard approaches to mouse-tracking, our proposal uses stochastic state-space modeling to represent the observed trajectories in terms of both individual movement dynamics and experimental variables. The model is estimated via a Metropolis-Hastings algorithm coupled with a non-linear recursive filter. The characteristics and potentials of the proposed approach are illustrated using a lexical decision case study. The results highlighted how dynamic modeling of mouse-tracking data can considerably improve the analysis of mouse-tracking tasks and the conclusions researchers can draw from them.
Calcagni, A.; Lombardi, L.; D'Alessandro, M.; Freuli, F.
A state space approach to dynamic modeling of mouse-tracking data / Calcagni, A.; Lombardi, L.; D'Alessandro, M.; Freuli, F.. - In: FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1664-1078. - 10:(2019), p. 2716. [10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02716]
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