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The Significance of Microsaccades for Perception and Oculomotor Control

Abstract During attempted fixation, the eyes are not still but continue to produce so called "fixational eye movements", which include microsaccades, drift, and tremor. Microsaccades are thought to help prevent and restore vision loss during fixation, and to correct fixation errors, but how they contribute to these functions remains a matter of debate. This dissertation presents the results of four experiments conducted to address current controversies concerning the role of microsaccades in visibility and oculomotor control.

The first two experiments set out to correlate microsaccade production with the visibility of foveal and peripheral targets of varied spatial frequencies, during attempted fixation. The results indicate that microsac... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Costela, Francisco (Author) / Crook, Sharon M (Advisor) / Martinez-Conde, Susana (Advisor) / Crook, Sharon M (Committee member) / Martinez-Conde, Susana (Committee member) / Macknik, Stephen L (Committee member) / Baer, Stephen (Committee member) / McCamy, Michael B (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Neurosciences / Biomedical engineering / Ophthalmology / blink / fading / fixation / microsaccades / vision
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 101 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Neuroscience 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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