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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1946/10443

Title: 
  • Saccade performance in the nasal and temporal hemifields
Submitted: 
  • February 2012
Abstract: 
  • There are numerous asymmetries in anatomy between the nasal and temporal hemiretinae, which have been connected to various asymmetries in behavioral performance. These include asymmetries in Vernier acuity, saccade selection, and attentional function, in addition to some evidence for latency differences for saccadic eye movements. There is also evidence for stronger retinotectal neural projection from the nasal than the temporal hemiretina. There is, accordingly, good reason to predict asymmetries in saccadic performance depending on which hemifield the saccade trigger stimuli are presented in, but the evidence on this is mixed. We tested for asymmetries in saccade latency, landing point accuracy and peak velocity in a variety of different saccade tasks. We found no evidence for any asymmetries in saccade latency and only modest evidence for asymmetries in landing point accuracy and peak velocity. While this lack of asymmetry is surprising in light of previous findings, it may reflect that cortical input to midbrain eye control centers dampens any asymmetry.

Accepted: 
  • Jan 5, 2012
URI: 
  • http://hdl.handle.net/1946/10443


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