Cognitive suppression during saccadic eye movements

David E. Irwin, Laura A. Carlson-Radvansky

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Saccadic eye movements are made at least 100,000 times each day. It is well known that sensitivity to visual input is suppressed during saccades; we examined whether cognitive activity (specifically, mental rotation) is suppressed as well. If cognitive processing occurs during saccades, a prime viewed in one fixation should exert a larger influence on a target viewed in a second fixation when a long rather than a short saccade separates their viewing. No such effect was found, even though the time difference between long and short saccades was effective in a no-saccade control. These results indicate that at least some cognitive operations are suppressed during saccades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalPsychological Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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