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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System$
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Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

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Role of the Lateral Mesencephalic Reticular Formation in the Control of Head Movements

Role of the Lateral Mesencephalic Reticular Formation in the Control of Head Movements

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(p.351) Chapter 53 Role of the Lateral Mesencephalic Reticular Formation in the Control of Head Movements
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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Olivier Hardy

Jacques Mirenowicz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0053

It is possible to consider that there are two types of combined eye and head movements involved in two behavioral strategies. In one, the objective of slow eye movements is to compensate head movements. For that aim, the eyes move in the direction opposite to head turning, stabilizing the visual world on the retina. In the second strategy, the eyes and the head rapidly move in the same direction in order to orient the gaze toward a visual stimulus or a particular direction of space but without any strict fixation constraint. Compared to the former, the rapid eye movement can be characterized as anticompensatory because the eyes move in the same direction as the head.

Keywords:   head movements, eye movements, retina, visual stimulus, behavioral strategies, gaze

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