Development of saccadic suppression in children

Aurelio Bruno, Simona Maria Brambati, Daniela Perani, Maria Concetta Morrone

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We measured saccadic suppression in adolescent children and young adults using spatially curtailed low spatial frequency stimuli. For both groups, sensitivity for color-modulated stimuli was unchanged during saccades. Sensitivity for luminance-modulated stimuli was greatly reduced during saccades in both groups but far more for adolescents than for young adults. Adults' suppression was on average a factor of about 3, whereas that for the adolescent group was closer to a factor of 10. The specificity of the suppression to luminance-modulated stimuli excludes generic explanations such as task difficulty and attention. We suggest that the enhanced suppression in adolescents results from the immaturity of the ocular-motor system at that age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1011-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neurophysiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Color Perception
  • Contrast Sensitivity
  • Female
  • Fixation, Ocular/physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Reaction Time
  • Saccades/physiology
  • Space Perception
  • Visual Acuity

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