Temporal expectancies and rhythmic cueing in touch: the influence of spatial attention

Jones, Alexander (2019) Temporal expectancies and rhythmic cueing in touch: the influence of spatial attention. Cognition, 182 . pp. 140-150. ISSN 0010-0277 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2018.09.011)

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Attention resources can be allocated in both space and time. Exogenous temporal attention can be driven by rhythmic events in our environment which automatically entrain periods of attention. Temporal expectancies can also be generated by the elapse of time, leading to foreperiod effects (the longer between a cue and imperative target, the faster the response). This study investigates temporal attention in touch and the influence of spatial orienting. In experiment 1, participants used bilateral tactile cues to orient endogenous spatial attention to the left or right hand where a unilateral tactile target was presented. This facilitated response times for attended over unattended targets. In experiment 2, the cue was unilateral and non-predictive of the target location resulting in inhibition of return. Importantly, the cue was rhythmic and targets were presented early, in synchrony or late in relation to the rhythmic cue. A foreperiod effect was observed in experiment 1 that was independent from any spatial attention effects. In experiment 2, in synchrony were slower compared to out of synchrony targets but only for cued and not uncued targets, suggesting the rhythm generates periods of exogenous inhibition. Taken together, temporal and spatial attention interact in touch, but only when both types of attention are exogenous. If the task requires endogenous spatial orienting, space and time are independent.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 25211
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Depositing User: Alexander Jones
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2018 09:54
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 19:23
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25211

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