Saccadic eye movements and body sway

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Science  09 May 1980:
Vol. 208, Issue 4444, pp. 621-623
DOI: 10.1126/science.7367888


Different conditions of moving retinal images show differential influences on postural stability. A surrounding pattern moved during steady fixation increases body sway, but similar image motions generated by voluntary saccades do not. Mechanisms for postural control do not respond to visual feedback during saccades. Analogous principles in saccadic suppression and space constancy are discussed.