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Eye movements

Eye movements are essential for keeping one’s eyes on an object of interest, as well as looking between different objects. Consequently, there is a close relationship between where we are attending and where we are looking. In previous work, we confirmed this close relationship between attention and eye movements by measuring fixational eye movements (tiny eye movements that occur when we try to keep our eyes still, looking at an object). We showed that the direction of these fixational eye movements was closely related to where the person was attending. In further work, we have shown that eye movements are important in motion extrapolation, that is keeping track of where a moving object is, when it disappears behind another object. For example, you can predict when a moving car will reappear from behind a lorry.

Example publications

Makin AJ, Poliakoff E, Ackerly R, El-Deredy W (2012) Covert tracking: A combined ERP and fixational eye movement study. PLoS ONE, 7 e38479- e38479.

Makin AD, Poliakoff E. (2011). Do common systems control eye movements and motion extrapolation? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 1327-1343.

Makin AD, Ackerley R, Wild K, Poliakoff E, Gowen E, El-Deredy W (2011) Coherent illusory contours reduce microsaccade frequency. Neuropsychologia, 49(9):2798-801

Gowen.E, Abadi.R.V, Poliakoff.E, Hansen.P and Miall.R.C (2007) Modulation of saccadic intrusions by exogenous and endogenous attention. Cognitive Brain Research, 1141:154-67