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Eye movements and their functions in everyday tasks

Foulsham, Tom (2015) 'Eye movements and their functions in everyday tasks.' Eye, 29 (2). pp. 196-199. ISSN 0950-222X

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Human saccades and fixations have numerous functions in complex everyday tasks, which have sometimes been neglected in simple experimental situations. In this review I describe some of the characteristics of eye movement behaviour during real-world interactions with objects, while walking in natural environments and while holding a conversation. When performing real-world actions and walking around the world, we fixate relevant features at critical time points during the task. The eye movements between these fixations are planned and coordinated alongside head and body movements, often occurring a short time before the corresponding action. In social interactions, eye movements are both a mechanism for taking in information (for example, when looking at someone?s face or following their gaze) and for signalling one?s attention to another person. Thus eye movements are specific to a particular task context and subject to high-level planning and control during everyday actions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Activities of Daily Living; Posture; Fixation, Ocular; Saccades
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 12:10
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2022 10:39

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