Pre-saccadic shifts of visual attention

Harrison, William J., Mattingley, Jason B. and Remington, Roger W. (2012) Pre-saccadic shifts of visual attention. Plos One, 7 9: e45670.1-e45670.10. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045670

Author Harrison, William J.
Mattingley, Jason B.
Remington, Roger W.
Title Pre-saccadic shifts of visual attention
Journal name Plos One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2012-09-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0045670
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 9
Start page e45670.1
End page e45670.10
Total pages 10
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Subject 1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
2700 Medicine
Abstract The locations of visual objects to which we attend are initially mapped in a retinotopic frame of reference. Because each saccade results in a shift of images on the retina, however, the retinotopic mapping of spatial attention must be updated around the time of each eye movement. Mathôt and Theeuwes [1] recently demonstrated that a visual cue draws attention not only to the cue's current retinotopic location, but also to a location shifted in the direction of the saccade, the "future-field". Here we asked whether retinotopic and future-field locations have special status, or whether cue-related attention benefits exist between these locations. We measured responses to targets that appeared either at the retinotopic or future-field location of a brief, non-predictive visual cue, or at various intermediate locations between them. Attentional cues facilitated performance at both the retinotopic and future-field locations for cued relative to uncued targets, as expected. Critically, this cueing effect also occurred at intermediate locations. Our results, and those reported previously [1], imply a systematic bias of attention in the direction of the saccade, independent of any predictive remapping of attention that compensates for retinal displacements of objects across saccades [2].
Keyword Eye-movements
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID DP0666772
Institutional Status UQ

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