How Listing's Law May Emerge from Neural Control of Reactive Saccades
Pribe, Christopher A.
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We hypothesize that Listing's Law emerges as a result of two key properties of the saccadic sensory-motor system: 1) The visual sensory apparatus has a 2-D topology and 2) motor synergists are synchronized. The theory is tested by showing that eye attitudes that obey Listing's Law are achieved in a 3-D saccadic control system that translates visual eccentricity into synchronized motor commands via a 2-D spatial gradient. Simulations of this system demonstrate that attitudes assumed by the eye upon accurate foveation tend to obey Listing's Law.