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The development of peripheral visual acuity in human infants. A preliminary study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6746335     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 74 infants, we tested the resolution of gratings centered at 10 degrees in the peripheral visual field. The estimation of acuity was based on the direction of the first saccade from a fixation stimulus toward a peripheral grating stimulus. We also tested the development of the infants' "best acuity", using a method of forced-choice preferential looking (68 infants). Peripheral acuity developed dramatically in the first months of life and reached a plateau at about 4 months. By contrast, "best acuity" continued to increase significantly during the second half of the first year of age. At all ages, peripheral acuity was lower than the resolution evaluated with the same stimuli under free-viewing conditions. We conclude that, in spite of the known immaturity of the fovea in newborns (Abramov et al. 1982), even the youngest infants we tested (2 months old) showed a functional superiority of the central over the peripheral visual field.
R Sireteanu; R Kellerer; K P Boergen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human neurobiology     Volume:  3     ISSN:  0721-9075     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum Neurobiol     Publication Date:  1984  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-09-11     Completed Date:  1984-09-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211530     Medline TA:  Hum Neurobiol     Country:  GERMANY, WEST    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child Development*
Infant, Newborn
Visual Acuity*
Visual Fields

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