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Eyeblinks and visual suppression

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Science  22 Feb 1980:
Vol. 207, Issue 4433, pp. 900-902
DOI: 10.1126/science.7355270

Abstract

A technique for bypassing the eyelids permits equivalent visual stimulation of the retina before, during, or after a blink. Sensitivity to these stimuli decreases during voluntary blinks. This indicates that the source of the deficit is neural rather than optical. Such a visual loss may help to explain the common experience that most blinks go unnoticed.