: Why do we not get disoriented by our own vision?


When someone films with a handheld camera and they’re walking or running, the video is shaky and annoying, sometimes leading to disorientation. Why then do we not get disoriented by what we see through our own vision when we’re moving around, say when we’re climbing stairs or running, etc?

In: Biology

Our eyes don’t work like cameras do. If you get a mirror and put a dot on it, and then look at the dot while jumping and moving around, your eyes are perfectly steady on it. You can do this your senses keep track of that movement and coordinate your eyes. When you climb stairs or run and want to look at different things, you can only do two things.

1. Look at an object – because of the above, its not shaky

2. Move from one object to another which is called a saccade

When you do a saccade, it’s not like panning a camera which makes you disorientated. You don’t process any information during this time, and are essentially blind. Your brain fills in the rest of the information which is why you still think you’re seeing something.

Our brains are very adept at focusing in on what we choose to focus on. This is because of the stabilization mechanisms of the autrixes of the retinal “popping” machines (aka soul) that have no business being as good as they are but damn they affective!

Our brains automatically edit-out the movements our eyes are constantly making.

Our eyes never stand still, and even when you focus on an object your eyes don’t just stay there if you pay attention, they still move.