Identifying the location of a concealed object through unintentional eye movements

Yair Neuman, Dan Assaf, Navot Israeli

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In some investigative and interrogative contexts, the investigator is seeking to identify the location of an object (e.g., implanted bomb) which is known to a given subject (e.g., a terrorist). In this paper, we present a non-intrusive methodology for uncovering the loci of a concealed object by analyzing the subject's eye movements. Using a combination of eye tracking, psychological manipulation and a search algorithm, we have performed two experiments. In the first experiment, we have gained 58% hit rate in identifying the location of the concealed object and in the second experiment 56% hit rate. The pros and cons of the methodology for forensic investigation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number381
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberMAR
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Cognition
  • Concealed object
  • Endogenous/exogenous attention
  • Eye movements
  • Homeland security
  • Investigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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