Eye to I: Males Recognize Own Eye Movements, Females Inhibit Recognition


Studies show that people can recognize their own movements, such as their own walking (presented in silhouette using point lights), their own drawing (presented as a moving point light), own clapping, and their own piano playing. We extend this result to proprioceptive control, showing that people can recognize their own eye movements, when presented as just a point moving against a black background. Eye movements were recorded using a wearable eye tracking glass, while participants executed four tasks. A week later, participants were shown these videos, alongside another person's videos, for each task, and asked to recognize their own movements. Males recognized their own eye movements above chance, but only for tasks with large and familiar body movements. Females performed below chance. We argue that the common coding model does not account for this result, and propose an extension where eye movements are strongly coupled to body movements.

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