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Vision Res. 1985;25(1):83-98.

Eye position during fixation tasks: comparison of macaque and human.


Two macaques and three humans fixated luminous targets in a dark field. All subjects had greater dispersion of eye position from trial-to-trial (between-trial variability) than would be predicted from sampling error and within-trial variability. Monkeys had greater between-trial dispersion on the vertical meridian than humans because of less precise control of saccades. Mean vertical eye position of the monkeys varied idiosyncratically with the fixation task (spot-dim or line-tilt). Between-trial fixation variability of both monkeys and humans was large enough to affect the interpretation of experiments relating visual performance to retinal anatomy or to neurophysiology.

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