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Relationship of saccadic suppression to space constancy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 May 2011

Bruce Bridgeman
Program in Experimental Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064;;
A. H. C. Van der Heijden
Department of Psychology, Leiden University, 2333 AK Leiden, Netherlands;;
Boris M. Velichkovsky
Department of Applied Psychology, Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany 01062;


Saccadic suppression is selective, inhibiting only low spatial frequencies. High spatial frequencies need not be inhibited during saccades, for a rapidly moving retina lacks the temporal resolution to detect them. Low spatial frequencies are inhibited by suppressing magnocellular channels. Thus color information is not suppressed, as confirmed in two laboratories. Targets flashed during and just before saccades can be mislocalized because vision normally ignores presaccadic position information.

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