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    The interdependence of spatial attention and lexical access as revealed by early asymmetries in occipito-parietal ERP activity

    Dell’Acqua, R. and Pesciarelli, F. and Jolicœur, P. and Eimer, Martin and Peressotti, F. (2007) The interdependence of spatial attention and lexical access as revealed by early asymmetries in occipito-parietal ERP activity. Psychophysiology 44 (3), pp. 436-443. ISSN 0048-5772.

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    Abstract

    A test of the possible functional interaction between mechanisms subserving spatial attention and lexical access was devised by displaying one green and one red string of letters, one to the left and one to the right of fixation, and having participants attend to a target string defined by color while ignoring the other distractor string. The target string for a delayed lexical decision task could be a word or a nonword. The distractor was always a word. When the target was a word, target and distractor were associatively related on half of the trials and not related in the other trials. The event‐related potential time‐locked to the onset of the letter strings produced an N2pc (a greater negativity at scalp sites contralateral to the target relative to the ipsilateral sites arising at about 170 ms poststimulus). N2pc amplitude was reduced when the words were related relative to when they were not related. The results provide direct, online evidence that the rapid activation of meaning by visual words can influence the efficiency of the deployment of spatial attention.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 09:07
    Last Modified: 26 Nov 2019 09:07
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/30068

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