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Title:Eye micro-movements improve stimulus detection beyond the Nyquist limit in the peripheral retina.
Authors: Matthias Hennig ; Florentin Worgotter
Date: 2004
Publication Title:Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS2003)
Publisher:MIT Press
Publication Type:Conference Paper Publication Status:Published
Volume No:16
Even under perfect fixation the human eye is under steady motion (tremor, microsaccades, slow drift). The dynamic theory of vision states that eye-movements can improve hyperacuity. According to this theory, eye movements are thought to create variable spatial excitation patterns on the photoreceptor grid, which will allow for better spatiotemporal summation at later stages. We reexamine this theory using a realistic model of the vertebrate retina by comparing responses of a resting and a moving eye. The performance of simulated ganglion cells in a hyperacuity task is evaluated by ideal observer analysis. We find that in the central retina eye-micromovements have no effect on the performance. Here optical blurring limits vernier acuity. In the retinal periphery however, eye-micromovements clearly improve performance. Based on ROC analysis, our predictions are quantitatively testable in electrophysiological and psychophysical experiments.
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author = { Matthias Hennig and Florentin Worgotter },
title = {Eye micro-movements improve stimulus detection beyond the Nyquist limit in the peripheral retina.},
book title = {Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS2003)},
publisher = {MIT Press},
year = 2004,
volume = {16},
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