Saccadic eye movements cause compression of time as well as space

M. Concetta Morrone, John Ross, David Burr

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There is now considerable evidence that space is compressed when stimuli are flashed shortly before or after the onset of a saccadic eye movement. Here we report that short intervals of time between two successive perisaccadic visual (but not auditory) stimuli are also underestimated, indicating a compression of perceived time. We were even more surprised that in a critical interval before saccades, perceived temporal order is consistently reversed. The very similar time courses of spatial and temporal compression suggest that both are mediated by a common neural mechanism, probably related to the predictive shifts that occur in receptive fields of many visual areas at the time of saccades.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)950-954
Number of pages5
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 25 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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