Stereopsis outweighs gravity in the control of the eyes.

@article{Misslisch2001StereopsisOG,
  title={Stereopsis outweighs gravity in the control of the eyes.},
  author={Hubert Misslisch and Douglas Tweed and Bernhard J. M. Hess},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2001},
  volume={21 3},
  pages={RC126}
}
The eyes are controlled by multiple brain circuits, some phylogenetically old and some new, whose aims may conflict. Old otolith reflexes counterroll the eyes when the head tilts relative to gravity. Newer vergence mechanisms coordinate the eyes to aid stereoptic vision. We show that counterroll hinders stereopsis, weakly when you look into the distance but strongly when you look near. The resolution of this conflict is that counterroll virtually vanishes when monkeys look close, i.e… CONTINUE READING

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