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The intriguing interactive relationship between visual attention and saccadic eye movements

Árni Kristjánsson

in The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199539789
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199539789.013.0025

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The intriguing interactive relationship between visual attention and saccadic eye movements

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We normally find it difficult to attend to a stimulus of interest in our visual field without shifting our gaze towards it. It is almost as if we have an urge to shift our gaze to where we attend to. This has often been interpreted as indicating that attending to a particular area in the visual field involves preparation for an eye movement to that location. The relationship between attention and eye movements has been investigated in many studies in recent years and the evidence suggests that before a saccadic eye movement is made, attention shifts to the upcoming saccade landing point. In addition, eye movements and attention share the same neural resources, at least to a considerable extent.

Keywords: saccadic eye movements; covert attention; interactive relationship; shift gaze

Article.  9696 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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