[visionlist] microsaccades in natural vision

Susana Martinez-Conde smart at neuralcorrelate.com
Wed Aug 8 17:17:52 GMT 2007

Dear Francisco,
Yes, microsaccades do occur during spontaneous ocular fixations, such as
those during visual exploration. I'm pasting below a reference of an article
I published last year in Progress in Brain Research. Pages 161-163 address
the issue of microsaccades during visual exploration in humans and monkeys.
Briefly, we found that periods of fixation account for approx. 80% of the
time spent in free-viewing (whether the head is restrained or unrestrained),
and that microsaccades produced during those fixation periods during
free-viewing have comparable dynamics to microsaccades produced during
prolonged fixation.
Martinez-Conde S (2006). "Fixational eye movements in normal and
pathological vision". Progress in Brain Research 154: 151-176.   
All the best,
Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD
Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience
Division of Neurobiology
Barrow Neurological Institute
350 W. Thomas Rd
Phoenix AZ 85013, USA
Phone: +1 (602) 406-3484
Fax: +1 (602) 406-4172
Email: smart at neuralcorrelate.com
-----Original Message-----
From: Francisco J. Flores [mailto:fjflores76 at gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 7:57 AM
To: visionlist at visionscience.com
Subject: [visionlist] microsaccades in natural vision
Hi all. Does anyone knows if microsaccades are actually occuring during 
spontaneous ocular fixations? I'm having a hard time trying to find 
microsaccades in recordings of eye movements when the subject is freely 
exploring a natural image.
thanks in aedvance
Francisco Flores
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