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Time course of inhibition of return in a spatial cueing paradigm with distractors


Eng, V and Lim, A and Janssen, SMJ and Satel, J, Time course of inhibition of return in a spatial cueing paradigm with distractors, Acta Psychologica, 183 pp. 51-57. ISSN 0001-6918 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2018 Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2017.12.011


Studies of endogenous and exogenous attentional orienting in spatial cueing paradigms have been used to investigate inhibition of return, a behavioral phenomenon characterized by delayed reaction time in response to recently attended locations. When eye movements are suppressed, attention is covertly oriented to central or peripheral stimuli. Overt orienting, on the other hand, requires explicit eye movements to the stimuli. The present study examined the time course of slowed reaction times to previously attended locations when distractors are introduced into overt and covert orienting tasks. In a series of experiments, manual responses were required to targets following central and peripheral cues at three different cue-target intervals, with and without activated oculomotor systems. The results demonstrate that, when eye movements are suppressed, behavioral inhibition is reduced or delayed in magnitude by the presence of a distractor relative to conditions without distractors. However, the time course of behavioral inhibition when eye movements are required remains similar with or without distractors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:selective attention, visual attention, inhibition of return, distractor
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:123904
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2018-02-01
Last Modified:2018-12-12

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