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Returning to “Inhibition of Return” by Dissociating Long-Term Oculomotor IOR From Short-Term Sensory Adaptation and Other Nonoculomotor “Inhibitory” Cueing Effects


Hilchey, MD and Klein, RM and Satel, J, Returning to 'Inhibition of Return' by Dissociating Long-Term Oculomotor IOR From Short-Term Sensory Adaptation and Other Nonoculomotor 'Inhibitory' Cueing Effects, Journal of Experimental Psychology, 40, (4) pp. 1603-16. ISSN 0096-1523 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1037/a0036859


We explored the nature and time course of effects generated by spatially uninformative peripheral cues by measuring these effects with localization responses to peripheral onsets or central arrow targets. In Experiment 1, participants made saccadic eye movements to equiprobable peripheral and central targets. At short cue-target onset asynchronies (CTOAs), responses to cued peripheral stimuli suffered from slowed responding attributable to sensory adaptation while responses to central targets were transiently facilitated, presumably due to cue-elicited oculomotor activation. At the longest CTOA, saccadic responses to central and peripheral targets were indistinguishably delayed, suggesting a common, output/decision effect (inhibition of return; IOR). In Experiment 2, we tested the hypothesis that the generation of this output effect is dependent on the activation state of the oculomotor system by forbidding eye movements and requiring keypress responses to frequent peripheral targets, while probing oculomotor behavior with saccades to infrequent central arrow targets. As predicted, saccades to central arrow targets showed neither the early facilitation nor later inhibitory effects that were robust in Experiment 1. At the long CTOA, manual responses to cued peripheral targets showed the typical delayed responses usually attributed to IOR. We recommend that this late "inhibitory" cueing effect (ICE) be distinguished from IOR because it lacks the cause (oculomotor activation) and effect (response bias) attributed to IOR when it was named by Posner, Rafal, Choate, and Vaughan (1985).

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:111174
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:59
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2016-09-01
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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