Eye Movements in Human Vision

Posted 30 Sep 2002 at 14:00 UTC by steve Share This

MIT researchers have published their findings on the "saccadic" eye movements that occur in human vision. These rapid movements turn out to be an important part of the scene recognition process and not random as previously thought. The movements come in multiple groups with each group targeting first a horizontal edge and then a vertical edge in the image. The research should tell us something about how the brain recognizes visual images and may have applications to machine vision. The complete research paper will appear in the September issue of Nature Neuroscience. Older MIT research on saccadic eye motion is available online.

Re-discovering old research, posted 30 Sep 2002 at 19:21 UTC by motters » (Master)

The realisation that eye movements play a part in the recognition process isn't new. Research in this area dates back at least to 1962 when the Russian psychologists Zinchenko, Van Chizi-Tsin and Tarakanov studied the visuo-motor exploration of different shapes by children ranging from 3 to 6 years of age. They were interested in how shape recognition takes place, and how it changes as the child develops.

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