chapter  3
Anatomical Constraints on Oculomotor Development: Implications for Infant Perception
ByRichard N. Aslin 67
Pages 38

In the spring of 1972, Phil Salapatek and I had our first lengthy discussion about infant eye movements. At that time, a popular technique for studying infant visual perception was corneal photography, in which sequential frames of film capture the detailed series of fixations made by infants as they scan a visual pattern. Our initial goal was to determine the mechanism that guides changes in fixation during scanning, and we proceeded to address that question by studying the manner in which young infants direct their gaze from one small target to another. Our subsequent discussions and reflections led to further studies on the control of eye movements in young infants. Before summarizing some of the findings from those studies, I would like to outline two reasons why investigations of infant eye movements have occupied much of my time for the past 13 years.