The development of gaze control and predictive tracking in young infants

Vision Res. 1996 Jan;36(1):81-96. doi: 10.1016/0042-6989(95)00054-4.


Eye and head tracking of an oscillating visual flow was studied in 1-, 2-, and 3-month-old infants using EOG and an opto-electronic system. A pronounced decrease in phaselag of gaze velocity was observed over this age period, from 170 to 70 msec, but gain changed only marginally. Latency of the onset of tracking decreased with age from 860 to 560 msec. During tracking, the velocity of the head showed high frequency components in the 1-6 Hz range, to which the eye movements were reciprocal and without systematic phase lag. This coordination improved with age.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Electrooculography
  • Eye Movements / physiology*
  • Female
  • Fixation, Ocular / physiology*
  • Head
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Motion Perception / physiology*
  • Movement
  • Time Factors