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Investigating a two causes theory of inhibition of return


Satel, J and Wang, Z, Investigating a two causes theory of inhibition of return, Experimental Brain Research, 223 pp. 469-478. ISSN 0014-4819 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00221-012-3274-6


It has recently been demonstrated that there are independent sensory and motor mechanisms underlying inhibition of return (IOR) when measured with oculomotor responses (Wang et al. in Exp Brain Res 218:441453, 2012). However, these results are seemingly in conflict with previous empirical results which led to the proposal that there are two mutually exclusive flavors of IOR (Taylor and Klein in J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform 26:16391656, 2000). The observed differences in empirical results across these studies and the theoretical frameworks that were proposed based on the results are likely due to differences in the experimental designs. The current experiments establish that the existence of additive sensory and motor contributions to IOR do not depend on target type, repeated spatiotopic stimulation, attentional control settings, or a temporal gap between fixation offset and cue onset, when measured with saccadic responses. Furthermore, our experiments show that the motor mechanism proposed by Wang et al. in Exp Brain Res 218:441453, (2012) is likely restricted to the oculomotor system, since the additivity effect does not carry over into the manual response modality.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Cognitive and computational psychology
Research Field:Memory and attention
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Satel, J (Dr Jason Satel)
ID Code:111166
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2016-09-01
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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