Cognitive Processing

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 167–174 | Cite as

Anticipatory models in gaze control: a developmental model

  • Christian Balkenius
  • Birger Johansson
Research Report


Infants gradually learn to predict the motion of moving targets and change from a strategy that mainly depends on saccades to one that depends on anticipatory control of smooth pursuit. A model is described that combines three types of mechanisms for gaze control that develops in a way similar to infants. Initially, gaze control is purely reactive, but as the anticipatory models become more accurate, the gain of the pursuit will increase and lead to a larger fraction of smooth eye movements. Finally, a third system learns to predict changes in target motion, which will lead to fast retuning of the parameters in the anticipatory model.


Anticipation Development Gaze control Learning 



This work was funded by the EU project MindRaces, FP6-511931.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lund University Cognitive ScienceLundSweden

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