June 2004
Volume 4, Issue 8
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   August 2004
Polarization analysis of the eye movement correlogram
Author Affiliations
  • Jeffrey B. Mulligan
    NASA Ames Research Center, USA
  • Scott B. Stevenson
    University of Houston College of Optometry, USA
  • Lawrence K. Cormack
    University of Texas at Austin, USA
Journal of Vision August 2004, Vol.4, 651. doi:https://doi.org/10.1167/4.8.651
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      Jeffrey B. Mulligan, Scott B. Stevenson, Lawrence K. Cormack; Polarization analysis of the eye movement correlogram. Journal of Vision 2004;4(8):651. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/4.8.651.

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The eye movement correlogram is obtained by reverse correlation of eye velocity with the velocity of a randomly moving target. It resembles an impulse response, typically peaking at a latency between 100 and 200 milliseconds. The target can move randomly in two dimensions, and the analysis may be performed independently on the horizontal and vertical components. Striking differences are seen in the correlograms obtained in these two directions, which might arise in motor pathways, sensory pathways, or both. More detail can be gleaned about these differences from a “polarization” analysis. Instead of performing the analysis simply on the nominal horizontal and vertical axes, individual correlograms are computed for a densely sampled array of stimulus and measurement directions. The resulting set of signals is well-described by a linear superposition of two mechanisms having different time courses, and the geometric relation between the mechanisms can be estimated. We have used this method to probe how the visual system analyzes the motion of different types of stimuli by comparing the responses obtained while tracking a small spot to those obtained while tracking gratings and two-component plaids. The results for plaids cannot be simply described as the superposition of the responses to the component gratings, reflecting the fact that voluntary pursuit is controlled by the output of a high-level “pattern motion” stage. However, different responses are obtained for different plaids, reflecting biases in the computation of pattern motion.

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Mulligan, J. B., Stevenson, S. B., Cormack, L. K.(2004). Polarization analysis of the eye movement correlogram [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 4( 8): 651, 651a, http://journalofvision.org/4/8/651/, doi:10.1167/4.8.651. [CrossRef]

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