Stupid Human Tricks: Rotating Eyeballs

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When you tilt your head from side to side, your eyeballs rotate to stay level?

No, seriously.

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Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.

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Lucid Dreaming On A Plane… | Accidental Scientist wrote on Thursday, May 3, 2012:

[…] really interesting is that this was kind of a lolling/rocking motion. So I know that my eyes were rotating along their Z-axis to keep up, and based on the position of my head, they’d reached the limit of rotation (your eyes […]

MT C wrote on Saturday, May 19, 2012:

I don’t think so, otherwise you would lose track of what was ‘up’ as indicated by your inner ear(?)

Simon Cooke wrote on Monday, May 21, 2012:

Actually the rotation is driven by your vestibular system.

MT C wrote on Monday, May 21, 2012:

Really? You wouldn’t kid an old dog, would ya!


Simon Cooke wrote on Saturday, June 2, 2012:

Seriously! Here’s the deep info on how it works:

MT C wrote on Saturday, June 2, 2012:

OK, I believe you. I see it now. Hahahahaha! Sometimes I just kill me.

I wonder why other don’t get it?

How to Stop The Room From Spinning When You’re Drunk | Accidental Scientist wrote on Thursday, January 3, 2013:

[…] I’m incredibly glad you asked that. Let me introduce you to an amazing piece of human evolution that I’ll call “Mr. Vestibulo Ocular Reflex”. Part of his job is to make sure that your eyes twist in their sockets along the direction you’re looking in. No, seriously, your eyes really honestly do actually do that. (In fact, I’ve mentioned this before). […]

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