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    Microsaccades distinguish between global and local visual processing

    Turatto, M. and Valsecchi, M. and Tame, Luigi and Betta, E. (2007) Microsaccades distinguish between global and local visual processing. NeuroReport 18 (10), pp. 1015-1018. ISSN 0959-4965.

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    Much is known about the functional mechanisms involved in visual search. Yet, the fundamental question of whether the visual system can perform different types of visual analysis at different spatial resolutions still remains unsettled. In the visual-attention literature, the distinction between different spatial scales of visual processing corresponds to the distinction between distributed and focused attention. Some authors have argued that singleton detection can be performed in distributed attention, whereas others suggest that even such a simple visual operation involves focused attention. Here we showed that microsaccades were spatially biased during singleton discrimination but not during singleton detection. The results provide support to the hypothesis that some coarse visual analysis can be performed in a distributed attention mode.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 09:47
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:59


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