Eye movements initiate visual-motor development in the cat

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Science  22 Jun 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4399, pp. 1321-1322
DOI: 10.1126/science.313076


Visually naive kittens turn their eyes toward visual targets but lack other visual-motor coordinations. Light-reared animals were able to mediate guided behaviors with an immobilized eye, but animals with the eye immobilized before initial exposure to a lighted environment were not. Eye movement is implied to play an essential role in visual-motor development.