Mechanisms of gaze control in natural vision

Mary M. Hayhoe and Dana H. Ballard

in The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199539789
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Mechanisms of gaze control in natural vision

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Recent developments in measurement of eye movements in unconstrained observers have led to a variety of insights that would be difficult to achieve in more constrained experimental contexts. This work shifts the focus away from the properties of the stimulus, toward a consideration of the behavioural goals of the observer. This insight has been accompanied by a growing understanding of the importance of reward in modulating the underlying neural mechanisms of eye movement control, and by theoretical developments using Reinforcement Learning models of sensorimotor behaviour. These developments provide us with the tools to understanding how tasks might control acquisition of information through use of gaze.

Keywords: eye movements; neural mechanisms; Reinforcement Learning models; gaze allocation; sensorimotor behaviour

Article.  6127 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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