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A gaze bias in the mind’s eye

Can the eye movements we make when there is nothing to look at shed light on our cognitive processes? A new study shows that tiny gaze shifts reveal people’s attended locations in memorized—rather than visual—space. The discovery indicates that the oculomotor system is engaged in the focusing of attention within the internal space of memory.

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Martinez-Conde, S., Alexander, R.G. A gaze bias in the mind’s eye. Nat Hum Behav 3, 424–425 (2019).

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