The effect of pre-cueing on spatial attention across perception and action
It is well established that processes of perception and action interact. A key question concerns the role of attention in the interaction between perception-action processes. We tested the hypothesis that spatial attention is shared by perception and action. We created a dual-task paradigm: In one task, spatial information is relevant for perception (spatial-input task) but not for action, and in a second task, spatial information is relevant for action (spatial-output task) but not for perception. We used endogenous pre-cueing, with two between-subjects conditions: In one condition the cue was predictive only for the target location in the spatial-input task; in a second condition the cue was predictive only for the location of the response in the spatial-output task. In both conditions, the cueing equally affected both tasks, regardless of the information conveyed by the cue. This finding directly supports the shared input-output attention hypothesis.
KeywordsSpatial attention Perception Action Pre-cueing Endogenous attention
M.M. Israel developed the study concept. All authors contributed to the study design. Testing and data collection were performed by M.M. Israel. M.M. Israel performed the data analysis and interpretation under the supervision of A. Cohen and P. Jolicoeur. M.M. Israel drafted the manuscript, and A. Cohen and P. Jolicoeur provided critical revisions. All authors approved the final version of the manuscript for submission.
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