For Your Doctoral Thesis

Since I’m not likely to be writing a paper on the subject anytime soon…

Your eyes are shaking.  But you’re good though, not to worry!  Ocular microtremor is a thing where your eyeballs move juuuust a little bit, a few nanometers, something like an average of 83 cycles per second.  The theory is that this allows your eyes to “oversample” presented visual data.  Every time your eyes shift a little, a small fraction of a second has passed, and your eye sees a very slightly different perspective on a moment-later presentation of the same scene.  You “see” the “same scene” more times, with slightly different parts of your sensor.  This allows you to gather more visual data.   Because math.

So where’s the doctoral thesis, VFD?

For some time now, I have known that I perceive my circumstances -visually- faster than the people around me can.  It totally made sense when I heard several years ago that professional race car drivers can “see” faster than your average spectator.  The average schlub walking 5th avenue, his eyes may tremor at 40 or even 30Hz, and he never notices the world around him.  A good race car driver can see a hazard and react to it before the spectators and commentators ever notice.

The hypothesis is, professional race drivers have a significantly-higher rate of OMT than average people.  Do his eyes tremor at a higher frequency, 150 or even 200Hz?  And do they move more, less, or the same amount?  Or is the difference totally unrelated to the drivers’ OMT?  Or am I full of [deleted] and totally on the wrong track?

Hat tip: Slashdot, where a slightly different subject was in discussion

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