Saccades without eye movements

Gilchrist, I.D., Brown, V. and Findlay, J.M. (1997) Saccades without eye movements. Nature, 390, (6656), 130-131. (doi:10.1038/36478).


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When reading text, human subjects use a pattern of eye movements consisting of fast saccadic movements and fixations1. We have found a subject who cannot make eye movements. Her visual perception is surprisingly normal and she is able to read at high speeds. She uses movements of the head to compensate for the absence of eye movements. Her head movements during reading have a saccadic character and show many of the features that characterize eye movements

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1038/36478
Additional Information: Scientific Correspondence
ISSNs: 0028-0836 (print)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Q Science > QP Physiology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Cognition
ePrint ID: 48326
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13 November 1997Published
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:24

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