Oculoparalytic illusion: visual-field dependent spatial mislocalizations by humans partially paralyzed with curare

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Science  09 Apr 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4542, pp. 198-201
DOI: 10.1126/science.7063881


In darkness, observers partially paralyzed with curare make large (greater thn 20 degrees) gaze- and dosage-dependent errors in visually localizing eye-level-horizontal and median planes, in matching the location of a sound to a light, and in pointing at a light. In illuminated, structured visual localization and pointing are accurate but errors in auditory-to-visual matches remain. Defects in extraretinal eye position information are responsible for all errors. The influence of extraretinal eye position information on visual localization is suppressed by a structured visual field but is crucial both in darkness and for intersensory localization if visual capture is prevented.