Visual crowding at a distance during predictive remapping


Harrison, W.J., Retell, J.D., Remington, R.W. & Mattingley, J.B. Visual crowding at a distance during predictive remapping. Current Biology 23, 1–6 (2013). Copy at


When we move our eyes, images of objects are displaced on the retina, yet the visual world appears stable. Oculomotor activity just prior to an eye movement contributes to percep- tual stability by providing information about the predicted location of a relevant object on the retina following a saccade [1, 2]. It remains unclear, however, whether an object's features are represented at the remapped location. Here, we exploited the phenomenon of visual crowding [3] to show that presaccadic remapping preserves the elemen- tary features of objects at their predicted postsaccadic loca- tions. Observers executed an eye movement and identified a letter probe flashed just before the saccade. Flanking stimuli were flashed around the location that would be occupied by the probe immediately following the saccade. Despite being positioned in the opposite visual field to the probe, these flankers disrupted observers' ability to identify the probe. Crucially, this ``remapped crowding'' interference was stron- ger when the flankers were visually similar to the probe than when the flanker and probe stimuli were distinct. Our findings suggest that visual processing at remapped loca- tions is featurally dependent, providing a mechanism for achieving perceptual continuity of objects across saccades.


Last updated on 04/12/2013