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    Anterior and posterior attentional control systems use different spatial reference frames: ERP evidence from covert tactile-spatial orienting

    Eimer, Martin and Forster, B. and Van Velzen, J. (2003) Anterior and posterior attentional control systems use different spatial reference frames: ERP evidence from covert tactile-spatial orienting. Psychophysiology 40 (6), pp. 924-933. ISSN 0048-5772.

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    Abstract

    To investigate whether processes controlling preparatory covert shifts of spatial attention operate within external and anatomically defined spatial coordinates, lateralized event‐related potentials components sensitive to the direction of attentional shifts were measured in response to visual precues directing attention to the relevant location of tactile events. Participants had to detect infrequent tactile targets delivered to the hand located on the cued side. In different blocks, hands were uncrossed or crossed, so that external and anatomical codes specifying task‐relevant locations were either congruent or incongruent. With uncrossed hands, an anterior directing attention negativity and a posterior directing attention positivity were elicited in the cue‐target interval contralateral to the side of a cued attentional shift. Although the posterior effect was unaffected by hand posture, the anterior effect was delayed and reversed polarity with crossed relative to uncrossed hands. This pattern of results provides new evidence that different spatial coordinate systems may be used by separable attentional control processes. It is suggested that a posterior process operates on the basis of external spatial coordinates, whereas an anterior process is based primarily on anatomically defined spatial codes.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 17:10
    Last Modified: 26 Nov 2019 17:10
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/30101

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