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      Saccadic eye movements cause compression of time as well as space.

      Nature neuroscience

      physiology, Time Perception, Space Perception, Saccades, Photic Stimulation, Perceptual Distortion, Humans

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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.

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          10.1038/nn1488

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