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saccade

Line breaks: sac|cade
Pronunciation: /saˈkɑːd
 
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Definition of saccade in English:

noun

(usually saccades) technical
A rapid movement of the eye between fixation points.
Example sentences
  • The pattern of fixations and saccades during visual exploration of a scene using only the eyes is strikingly similar to the intermittent locomotion of an animal searching for food in a physical landscape.
  • A reader's eye still moves in a series of jumps and stops known as saccades and fixations.
  • Also, in a variation of the boundary paradigm used in reading research, they obtained evidence that Chinese readers rely on phonological codes when integrating information across saccades.

Origin

early 18th century (in the sense 'jerking movement'): from French, literally 'violent pull', from Old French saquer 'to pull'.

Derivatives

saccadic

1
Pronunciation: /saˈkadɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • However, there is also a genuine decrease in sensitivity to light during a saccade - called saccadic suppression.
  • In doing so, they perform saccadic movements, smooth pursuit movements, vergence movements, vestibular movements, and accommodation.
  • The current analyses showed that response time, number of fixations per trial, initial saccadic latency, fixation duration, and saccadic amplitude varied as a function of the ratio between the red and blue items.

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