Self-bias modulates saccadic control

Yankouskaya, Alla and Palmer, Diahann and Stolte, Moritz and Sui, Jie and Humphreys, Glyn (2016) Self-bias modulates saccadic control. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70 (12). pp. 2577-2585. ISSN 1747-0226

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We present novel data on the role of attention in eliciting enhanced processing of stimuli associated with self. Participants were required to make pro- or anti-saccades according to whether learned shape-label pairings matched or mismatched. When stimuli matched participants were required to make an anti-saccade and when the stimuli mismatched a pro-saccade was required. We found that anti-saccades were difficult to make to stimuli associated with self when compared to stimuli associated with a friend and a stranger. In contrast, anti-saccades to friend-stimuli were easier to make than anti-saccades to stranger-stimuli. In addition, a correct anti-saccade to a self-associated stimulus disrupted subsequent pro-saccade trials, relative to when the preceding anti-saccade was made to other stimuli. The data indicate that self-associated stimuli provide a strong cue for explicit shifts of attention to them, and that correct anti-saccades to such stimuli demand high levels of inhibition (which carries over to subsequent pro-saccade trials). The self exerts an automatic draw on attention.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology in October 2016, available online:
Keywords: Attention, Saccadic control, Self-bias
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Alla Yankouskaya
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2017 08:51
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2017 00:15

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