Relation between cognitive and motor-oriented systems of visual position perception

J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 1979 Nov;5(4):692-700. doi: 10.1037//0096-1523.5.4.692.


Although subjects failed to detect a target displacement if it occurred near the time of a saccadic eye movement (a cognitive visual task), they were still able to point to the center of the target with an unseen pointer (a motor visual task). Pointing performance was not affected by detecting or failing to detect a stimulus displacement. The experiments demonstrate that some information that is available to a motor-oriented visual system is unavailable to the cognitive visual system, under conditions simulating normal perception.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cognition*
  • Cues
  • Eye Movements*
  • Form Perception*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Skills*
  • Orientation
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual
  • Saccades