Optomotor Response in Human Infants to Apparent Motion: Evidence of Innateness

Science  15 Apr 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3720, pp. 382-383
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3720.382


Human infants were placed inside a stationary cylinder containing a columnar pattern like that used to elicit the optokinetic reflex. By sequential illumnination of the columns, the pattern was made to appear to rotate. Optokinetic nystagmus was clearly evoked in 64.7 percent of the subjects, with a weak-positive response in an additional 11.8 percent.