Researchers Discover New Type of Eye Movement

A team of scientists at the University of Tübingen in Germany has discovered a new type of eye movement that is synchronized with blinking. Normal anatomy of the human eye and orbit, anterior view. Image credit: Patrick J. Lynch / CC BY 2.5. The newly-discovered movement, named blink-associated resetting movement (BARM), helps to reset the eye after it twists when viewing a rotating object. It is like avoiding tiny rotations of a camera to stabilize the image we perceive. We don’t notice the eye resetting in this way because it happens automatically when we blink. “We were really surprised to discover this new type of eye movement and it was not what we had anticipated from the experiment,” said Mohammad Khazali, a researcher in the Department of Cognitive Neurology at…


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