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Signals invisible to the collicular and magnocellular pathways can capture visual attention

Sumner, Petroc ORCID:, Adamjee, Thofique and Mollon, J.D 2002. Signals invisible to the collicular and magnocellular pathways can capture visual attention. Current Biology 12 (15) , pp. 1312-1316. 10.1016/S0960-9822(02)01020-5

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The retinal projection to the superior colliculus is thought to be important both for stimulus-driven eye movements and for the involuntary capture of attention 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. It has further been argued that eye-movement planning and attentional orienting share common neural mechanisms 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Electrophysiological studies have shown that the superior colliculus receives no direct projections from short-wave-sensitive cones (S cones) 13, 14 and 15, and, consistent with this, we found that irrelevant peripheral stimuli visible only to S cones did not produce the saccadic distractor effect produced by luminance stimuli 16 and 17. However, when involuntary orienting was tested in a Posner cueing task 18 and 19, the same S-cone stimuli had normal attentional effects, in that they accelerated or delayed responses to subsequent targets. We conclude that involuntary attentional shifts do not require signals in the direct collicular pathway, or indeed the magnocellular pathway, as our S-cone stimuli were invisible to this channel also.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0960-9822
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:31

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