Updating spatial working memory in a dynamic visual environment

Paul J. Boon*, Jan Theeuwes, Artem V. Belopolsky

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The present review describes recent developments regarding the role of the eye movement system in representing spatial information and keeping track of locations of relevant objects. First, we discuss the active vision perspective and why eye movements are considered crucial for perception and attention. The second part focuses on the question of how the oculomotor system is used to represent spatial attentional priority, and the role of the oculomotor system in maintenance of this spatial information. Lastly, we discuss recent findings demonstrating rapid updating of information across saccadic eye movements. We argue that the eye movement system plays a key role in maintaining and rapidly updating spatial information. Furthermore, we suggest that rapid updating emerges primarily to make sure actions are minimally affected by intervening eye movements, allowing us to efficiently interact with the world around us.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-286
Number of pages20
Early online date14 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


This research was supported by an Open Area Research Grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research to Artem Belopolsky [ ORA 464-15-193 ].

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Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research to Artem BelopolskyORA 464-15-193


    • Active vision
    • Eye movements
    • Spatial working memory


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