'The Moving Tablet of the Eye': The Origins of Modern Eye Movement Research

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Eye movements are a vital part of our interaction with the world. They play a pivotal role in perception, cognition, and education. This book is unique in tracing the history of eye movement research. It shows how great strides were made in this area long before modern recording devices were available. Anyone interested in the origins of psychology and neuroscience will find much to stimulate and surprise them in this valuable new work.

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"This book is extensive and thorough but not exhaustive...The book will surely stand as the definitive text on the history of eye-movement research for many years to come."--NATURE

"A fascinating and invaluable survey of the origins of modern eye movement research." --Brain

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198566168
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Informing contemporary research
1.1. Introduction
1.2. Scanning the way the eyes move
1.3. Modern eye movement measuring techniques
1.4. The moving tablet of the eye
2. Origins of eye movement research
2.1. Introduction
2.2. Binocular eye movements
2.3. Oculomotor anatomy and physiology
2.4. Internal motions of the eye
2.5. External motions of the eye
2.6. Afterimages
2.7. William Charles Wells
2.8. Erasmus Darwin's 'Zoonomia'
3. Nystagmus
3.1. Introduction
3.2. Visual vertigo
3.3. Wells on vertigo
3.4. Darwin on vertigo
3.5. Wells and Darwin
3.6. Purkinje and Flourens
3.7. Mach, Breuer and Crum Brown
3.8. James and Barany
3.9. Griffith and Dodge
4. Saccades and fixation
4.1. Introduction
4.2. Fixations
4.3. Saccades
4.4. Did Javal discover saccades?
4.5. Developments from Dodge
5. Visual motion illusions and eye movements
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Induced motion
5.3. Motion aftereffect
5.4. Visual vertigo
5.5. Autokinetic motion
5.6. Stroboscopic motion
5.7. Vection
5.8. Eye movements and visual motion
6. Perceptual stability and eye movements
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Stability during eye movements
6.3. Stability and saccades
6.4. Stability and fixation
7. Summary and conclusions
7.1. Introduction
7.2. Emergence of methods for measuring eye movements
7.3. Eye movement and eye position
7.4. Normal and abnormal eye movements
7.5. Sleep and wakefulness
7.6. Developmental trends
7.7. Perceptual and cognitive processes
7.8. Moving tablets - literature on eye movements

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