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We had expected to find that another, already well-known type of eye movement is synchronized to blinking.
Klamm and Tarnow also recommend blinking often, closing the lids completely, and taking short breaks by looking about 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
Blinking can be hard to detect because it doesn't really reduce accuracy.
Blinking is a reflex, which means we do it without thinking.
One of the advantages of being aged 50 or over is that you can enter the 2006 Blinking Eye poetry competition.
He told me that his father was in hospital after having a heart attack and the only way he could communicate was through blinking,' says Rowlands.
So, if your job requires a lot of reading or other visually intense work, you may be blinking far less than normal, which may cause eye strain and dry eye.
The study used a specially designed device to assess the effects of blinking on the brain.
Researchers say blinking shuts down the parts of the brain which control our vision and awareness of our surroundings.
Many Big Brother viewers thought dizzy blonde Helen Adams was mindless when she famously said: "I like blinking, I do" - but now neurologists at University College London have found blinks shut the brain down for a total of nine days a year.
The Effect of Different Activities on Blinking Type of Activity Blinks Per Minute Trial 1 Trial 2 Trial 3 Average Reading a Book 9 8 7 8 Staring at a Computer Screen 7 6 8 7 Talking with a Classmate 10 12 11 11 Cooling in Front of a Fan 23 20 20 21
You can stop blinking for a while, but sooner or later you just HAVE to blink.