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Eye scanpaths during visual imagery reenact those of perception of the same visual scene

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Eye scanpaths during visual imagery reenact those of perception of the same visual scene
Eye movements during mental imagery are not epiphenomenal but assist the process of image generation. Commands to the eyes for each fixation are stored along with the visual representation and are used as spatial index in a motor-based coordinate system for the proper arrangement of parts of an image. In two experiments, subjects viewed an irregular checkerboard or color pictures of fish and were subsequently asked to form mental images of these stimuli while keeping their eyes open. During the perceptual phase, a group of subjects was requested to maintain fixation onto the screen's center, whereas another group was free to inspect the stimuli. During the imagery phase, all of these subjects were free to move their eyes. A third group of subjects (in Experiment 2) was free to explore the pattern but was requested to maintain central fixation during imagery. For subjects free to explore the pattern, the percentage of time spent fixating a specific location during perception was h...
Bruno Laeng, Dinu-Stefan Teodorescu
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Updated 17 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2002
Where COGSCI
Authors Bruno Laeng, Dinu-Stefan Teodorescu
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