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Eye Movement Control

Call for Papers

We move our eyes three times a second, over 100,000 times a day when we are awake, and our eyes even move during sleep. During awake states, eye movements typically serve to bring objects of interest into the fovea, where we have maximum visual acuity. The ability to make fine-grained discriminations is important for a number of everyday tasks, including reading. Research into eye movements during everyday tasks has shown that eye movements are functional and are usually made to the object which is the target of our next action. Moreover, a lot of researches have been devoted to the question whether and to what extent covert attention and eye movements are coupled.

The dynamic principle underlying visual selection also raises a number of important questions: what are the genetic / developmental / neurological factors that are important for active visual selection? How do we perceive the world as being stable? Why does it appear to be uniformly detailed from the center out to the boundaries? What factors determine where and when we will move our eyes? And what is the underlying neurological mechanism driving eye movement?

The current special issue on eye movement control invites contributions further elucidating the factors and mechanisms that determine eye movements in the normal population as well as specific populations (e.g., clinical or aging population). Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Factors and mechanisms involved in visual selection
  • Coupling of eye movements and attention
  • Eye movements in sequential tasks (e.g., reading, tea-making, driving)
  • Saccadic remapping and other mechanisms involved in the percept of a stable world
  • Deficits in eye movement control
  • Neurological factors in eye movement control
  • Eye movement strategies in vision-impaired people
  • Factors and mechanisms involved in
    • Saccadic suppression
    • Centre of gravity fixations- Microsaccades- Hand-eye coordination

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/joph/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/joph/emc/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 6 December 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 28 February 2014
Publication DateFriday, 25 April 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Stefanie I. Becker, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Guest Editors

  • Gernot Horstmann, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Arvid Herwig, Department of Psychology, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany