What is Listing's Law?

  • Donders law states that the orientation of the eye when looking in a specific direction is always the same.
  • Listing's law specifies what this orientation is.
  • Note the axes (the bars protruding from the eyes) used to rotate from center to various eccentric positions.
  • Listing found that all these axes are confined to a common plane.
  • This plane is called Listing's plane.

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Department of Physiology
University of Western Ontario
London Ontario Canada
Updated October 31, 1996

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