Ocular-motor function and information processing: Implications for the Reading process

Gerald Leisman, Joddy Schwartz

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This paper discusses the dichotomy between continually moving eyes and the lack of blurred visual experience. A discontinuous model of visual perception is proposed, with the discontinuities being phase and temporally related to saccadic eye movements. It is further proposed that deviant duration and angular velocity characteristics of saccades in patients with hypertonic motor impairment relate to information processing defects. Stabilized retinal image procedures, which control for the effects of eye movements, significantly increase the ability of these patients actively to recall information presented for periods of less than three sec. A model of the reading process is presented based on these findings that addresses itself to the specific components of and interactions between eye movement, information transmission and information processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-15
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This paper forms the basis of an invited address before the international Reading Association session entitled, "Some Promising New Methodological Approaches in Understanding the Reading/Language Process", May 5-7, 1975, New York. This project is supported by the Medical Research Service of the Veterans Administration (MRS 5202-02) and by the Applied Visual Physiology Fund of the Eye Institute of New Jersey.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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