Origins and applications of eye movement research

Nicholas J. Wade, Benjamin W. Tatler

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    Research on oculomotor behaviour is examined historically. The first phase involved describing phenomena associated with eye movements; these typically concerned normal and abnormal binocular coordination and vertigo. Such descriptions became more refined, although attention was confined more to the directions the eyes adopted rather than their dynamics. Afterimages were the principal means by which the characteristics of eye movements were determined prior to the application of photographic methods in the early twentieth century. Many types of eye tracking devices are now available, and oculomotor behaviour provides insights into many perceptual and cognitive processes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements
    EditorsSimon P. Liversedge, Iain Gilchrist, Stefan Everling
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages28
    ISBN (Print)9780191743665, 9780199539789
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2011


    • Binocular coordination
    • Eye movement research
    • Eye tracking devices
    • Oculomotor behaviour
    • Vertigo

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Psychology


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