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January 1965

Eye Movements During Fantasies: Imagining and Suppressing Fantasies

Author Affiliations

From the City College of the City University of New York.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(1):71-76. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720310073009

The present investigation is a continuation of a series of experiments on the relationships between daydreaming or fantasy behavior and oculomotor activity during the waking state. One of the most provocative findings of an earlier study by Antrobus et al2 was that eye movements were more frequent when a person attempted to suppress a wishful image than when he sought consciously to entertain it. The finding supported the original hypothesis that suppression was achieved by rapid cognitive shifts, possibly of a visual quality, which might be elicited by attentiveness to both internal or external stimuli. Since eyes were open and vision unrestricted in the earlier study it was not possible to isolate the relative significance of internal and external stimuli in producing eye movement. Additional findings in the previous work also suggested that the enhanced oculomotor activity during attempted suppression might

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