Neurophysiology of Vergence and Accommodation

  • Stuart J. Judge
Part of the Perspectives in Vision Research book series (PIVR)


Although much is known about the behavior of accommodation and vergence from studies of human performance (reviewed by Alpern, 1969; Schor and Ciuffreda, 1983;Toates, 1972), comparatively little is known about the neural pathways and mechanisms that support the behavior (Mays, 1983). Our main interest has been in studying these neural mechanisms by means of single-unit recording in awake trained monkeys (Macaca mulatto), but we have also carried out purely behavioral studies of accommodation and vergence behavior in the monkey, partly to test to what extent monkey behavior is similar to that of humans and partly to attempt to clarify issues not completely resolved in the human literature. The results of these behavioral experiments are described first and then followed by the results of our own and others’ neurophysiological experiments. Finally some consideration is given to open questions for future research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart J. Judge
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  1. 1.University Laboratory of PhysiologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordGreat Britain

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