Eye movements and perception: a selective review.

  title={Eye movements and perception: a selective review.},
  author={Alexander C. Sch{\"u}tz and Doris I. Braun and Karl R. Gegenfurtner},
  journal={Journal of vision},
  volume={11 5}
Eye movements are an integral and essential part of our human foveated vision system. Here, we review recent work on voluntary eye movements, with an emphasis on the last decade. More selectively, we address two of the most important questions about saccadic and smooth pursuit eye movements in natural vision. First, why do we saccade to where we do? We argue that, like for many other aspects of vision, several different circuits related to salience, object recognition, actions, and value… 

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