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Spatial Representations Across Fixations for Saccadic Targeting

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Mary Hayhoe ,

Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, US
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Keith Karn,

University of Rochester, US
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James Magnuson,

University of Rochester, US
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Ryan Mruczek

University of Rochester, US
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Abstract

To understand visual perception we must examine visual processes that operate over time scales longer than a single fixation. In this paper, we argue that it is necessary to consider behavioral context in order to address this issue. We consider two types of behavior that might require information acquired in different fixations. First, we describe behavior in the everyday task of making a sandwich. Fixation patterns and eye-hand coordination suggest that memory for spatial context is fundamental for coordinated movements. We then examine a block-copying task that reveals the use of precise spatial memory information in saccadic targeting. In a second block-copying task we show that observers are sensitive to regularities in the structure of the environment and that this is reflected in fixation behavior. Thus the accrual of spatial structure of a scene across fixations appears to be important for mediating visually guided movements. This is in contrast to the commonly accepted idea that visual scene representations are sparse and abstract.

How to Cite: Hayhoe, M., Karn, K., Magnuson, J. and Mruczek, R., 2001. Spatial Representations Across Fixations for Saccadic Targeting. Psychologica Belgica, 41(1-2), pp.55–74. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb.972
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Published on 01 Jan 2001.
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