The eye on the needle

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Nature Neuroscience
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Tiny gaze shifts, or microsaccades, have little function in the eye movement control system and were once thought to be suppressed during fine spatial judgements. A new study suggests that they are important for finely guided visuomotor tasks and may actively contribute to the acquisition of spatial information in the same way as do larger saccades.


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  1. Eileen Kowler is in the Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA.

  2. Han Collewijn is in the Department of Neuroscience, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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