Preparation and execution of saccades: the problem of limited capacity of computational resources

    loading  Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid

Abstract

Saccades are very fast, ballistic movements, which move the eyes from one target to another. Here, we show that the latency, precision and kinematics of saccades directed toward a target presented on a dark homogeneous background do not differ from the parameters of saccades directed toward a target presented on a structured background. However, if the visual background changed either its luminance or orientation simultaneously with the presentation of the saccade target, a significant increase in saccade latency was observed. The saccade kinematics as well as saccade precision, however, was not affected. Likewise, additional auditory stimulation applied simultaneously with the presentation of the target did not increase saccade latency. The increase in saccade latency and the maintenance of saccade kinematics indicate a sensory channel overload caused by the change in background. As a consequence, execution of the saccade was delayed until the computational resources to program the eye movement were available again.

Related Topics

    loading  Loading Related Articles