Three-Dimensional Primate Eye Movements during Lateral Translation

  • M. Quinn McHenry
  • Bernhard J. M. Hess
  • Dora E. Angelaki


Natural head movements provide a rich vestibular stimulus containing both rotational and translational components. Reflexive eye movements elicited by head motion provide a unique opportunity to study sensorimotor function. The oculomotor response to linear motion (translational vestibulo-ocular reflex, TVOR) is kinematically more challenging than that to rotation. In general, compensatory eye movements during translational motion are different for each eye and exhibit a dependence on the position of the target of interest. The distance of a desired fixation point also imposes kinematic requirements on the TVOR (Virre et al. 1986; Paige 1989, Schwarz et al. 1989, Paige and Tomko 1991a,b; Schwarz and Miles, 1991, Snyder and King 1992, Telford et al. 1997).


Squirrel Monkey Room Light Lateral Translation Viewing Distance Stimulus Velocity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Quinn McHenry
    • 1
  • Bernhard J. M. Hess
    • 3
  • Dora E. Angelaki
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery (Otolaryngology)University of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyUniversity Hospital ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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