Eye Movements

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Eye Movements

  1. Blinked … as if chasing a fly away —Aharon Megged
  2. Blinking like a frightened cat —Dan Wakefield
  3. Blinking like a mechanical toy —Peter Benchley
  4. Eyeballs bulged like a lizard’s —Paige Mitchell
  5. Eyes … beginning to bob like fishing corks on the sea —William Diehl
  6. Eyes bounce like marbles —Norman Mailer
  7. Eyes closed, almost as if he was silently praying —John Fowles
  8. Eyes darting like astonished fish —Brian Glanville
  9. Eyes dart like a shoplifter’s —Hilma Wolitzer
  10. Eyes dart like swallows —Marge Piercy
  11. Eyes did a dance like two flies looking for a place to light —Robert Campbell
  12. (He nodded his head, but his) eyes didn’t move, as if they were weighted in their sockets like the eyes of a doll —Jonathan Valin
  13. Eyes dilated like an animal’s caught in a trap —V. S. Pritchett
  14. Eyes dilate like targets on a rifle range, and each word and gesture is emphasized by a blast of cigarette smoke that makes her look like she’s walking in a cumulous cloud —Rex Reed

    The actress thus profiled by Reed is Bette Davis.

  15. Eyes flashed and twinkled … like the lamps of a lighthouse —Anthony Powell
  16. Eyes flashing like magnifying glasses —H. E. Bates
  17. Eyes flickered like uncertain lights —Ann Rice
  18. Eyes flicker like leaves —Marge Piercy
  19. Eyes fluttered around the room like moths —Donald McCaig
  20. Eyes hovered about like mosquitoes —C. J. Koch
  21. (Yonatan’s) eyes narrowed like gunslits —Amos Oz
  22. (Schwend’s hurt) eyes opened like blooming peonies —Herbert Lieberman
  23. Eyes opened like windows —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  24. Eyes … opened wide like a clairvoyant’s —Anais Nin
  25. Eyes roamed about like jellyfish —H. E. Bates
  26. Eyes rolled in their sockets like loose marbles —Truman Capote
  27. Eyes seemed to be clambering frantically, like a pair of blatant prisoners behind her heavy glasses —V. S. Pritchett
  28. (His little) eyes snapped like two sparks. Like two sparks they glowed in the smoulder of his bearded face —Katherine Mansfield

    In this example from her short story, Ole Underwood, Katherine Mansfield demonstrates the effectiveness of repeating a simile.

  29. Eyes that kept winking and twinkling at each side of his inquisitive nose, as if they were playing a perpetual game of peep-bo with that feature —Charles Dickens
  30. Eyes … twirling around like fruit-flies —Jane Wagner
  31. Eyes were closed like a man in violent prayer —William Styron
  32. Furtive little eyes kept darting around in his head like rodents —Thomas Wolfe
  33. Languidly half closes his eyes, like a cat on a sofa —Anton Chekhov
  34. Lowered her eyes like a nun beholding a statue —Honore de Balzac
  35. Narrowing his eyes like someone who knows there’s a mouse in the soup —Peter Meinke
  36. Rapidly blinking eyes, as though he were caught in a constant sandstorm —Daphne Merkin
  37. Rolled his eyes like a pair of gambler’s dice —Paige Mitchell
  38. Tightly shutting her eyes like a shot pheasant falling out of the sky —Kenzaburo Oë
  39. Wide-spaced eyes floating like sea-slivers above his cheek bones —Julia O’Faolain
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Computer interface evaluation using eye movements: Methods and constructs.
"A simple pupil-independent method for recording eye movements in rodents using video ", Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 138(1-2): 165-171.
[27] reported that patients with glaucomatous visual field loss tend to ignore the region of the computer-based image where their scotoma is located, rather than making more eye movements to compensate for their loss.
When the object for fixation was held closer than 30 cm to examine the eye movements, the patient developed convergence and miosis was noted to occur synergistically.
Eye movements can be measured with eye-tracking devices.
Among the topics are using eye movements to study reading processes: methodological considerations, eye movement behavior and individual differences in word identification during reading, eye-tracking the emergence of attentional anchors in a mathematics learning tablet activity, using eye-tracking technology to understand how graphic organizers aid student learning, and the visual world paradigm in children with spoken language disorders.
The 1st invasive registration of eye movements using contact lenses (1897) is attributed to 2 scientists--Huey and Delabarre [1].
Neuro-optometrists primarily focus on the involuntary and unconscious eye movements that are a normal part of ambient processing that contributes to a person's spatial orientation.
The spooky eye movements associated with REM sleep--and the ensuing nerve cell behavior--may help people "see" their dream world, scientists report August 11 in Nature Communications.
He showed videos about the technique that was developed by a researcher who discovered that conscious eye movements can be used to access brain centers, and with therapy, can clear painful memories.
A new eye-movement test developed by researchers from the University of Aberdeen recognizes unusual eye movements to help clinicians identify major adult psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe depression.
With help of a special technical equipment, the researchers can record in their lab specifically accurately the eye movements that perform the subjects during reading.