Mental rotation is suppressed during saccadic eye movements

David E. Irwin, James R. Brockmole

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Abstract

We examined whether mental rotation is suppressed during saccadic eye movements. Subjects judged whether a character was normal or mirror-reversed while making no, short, or long saccades. Reaction time was longer under saccade than under no-saccade conditions and was longer when a long saccade rather than a short saccade was made, but only when the characters varied in orientation. These results indicate that mental rotation is suppressed during saccadic eye movements. The implications for theories of cognitive suppression during saccades are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)654-661
Number of pages8
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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